What is monochromatic painting? Well, it is when we paint a picture using only one Color but make its variation by adding black or white to it. So if we want to paint a painting in blue, we take blue, add white to make lighter tones or black to make darker tones of it.
When we add white, we create a tint.
When we add black we create a shade.
We actually had did visit the concept of tint, hue, shade, and tone when we were learning the color wheel.
Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, and many other famous painters have created monochromatic paintings. Visit these paintings how to understand different ways to use shades and tints.
Art lesson on monochromatic painting
So here is a simple Art Lesson we had for children aged between 5 to 7 years of age. We used acrylic paints and simple watercolor paper.
Since younger children of this age find it difficult to mix the proportions of paint to get the color they want, we are using only two colors, black and white to create shades of gray.
If we are working with watercolor we always need to move from light to dark that is the tint of the color to the shades of the color. Acrylic paints are opaque, and any tone of color can be used over the other.
In creating shades and tones, we need to learn to mix colors. Children learn to take small proportions of color to mix slowly and get the tones.
When we need to mix black to make darker shades, we take black in smaller proportions compared to white when we want to make the color lighter. A little amount of black mixed with the color can make it quite dark.
The tones of color can also help to highlight areas and show the way light and shade work.
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