Tinted and Shaded Cubes

The California Standards of Visual Arts recommends that 4th graders learn to “use shading to transform a 2D shape into a 3D form”.
1. I gave students paper 18" x 8" long, and a 3" cardboard square template. They traced one square in the middle of the paper, and then one to the right and one to the left.
2. As shown, students make a 45 degree angles to the right of each corner, all in the same direction and same length. When they connect the ends of all the angles, 3 squares now look like cubes.
3. Each student got a paper plate, brush and dab of black and white paint. They were then able to choose one main color (I gave them 3 choices). They painted all the fronts of the cubes with just the straight, main color. Next they could make a tint, by adding white, and paint it on the tops of all 3 cubes. And lastly, they could make a shade by adding a little black to the color and filling in the remaining right side. The students then cut their cubes and mounted them on colored paper.
2.2 Mix and apply tempera paints to create tints, shades, and neutral colors.
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