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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Complimentary Sunset

Created on November 13, 2018 by MrDigger

Students learn about mixing complementary colors while painting a simple fall sunset

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3 sessions; 90 minutes per session

Students will learn about complementary colors and how they affect each other when mixed together.

Orange and blue paint (tempera or acrylic), paper, crayons/markers/colored pencils, rulers, pencils

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Teacher demonstrates to students how to draw a large tree and students draw a large tree on their paper (should touch all 4 edges).

Teacher demonstrates and assists in measuring off one inch increments down long side of paper. Teacher demonstrates and assists in drawing lines across the paper connecting the measure points.

Teacher demonstrates how to color the tree and students color their trees.

Teacher introduces concept of complementary colors and how they affect each others intensity.

Teacher demonstrates how to start with pure blue at the top of the paper and to paint in one section. Then add a small amount of orange to the blue and paint the next section, and so on until reaching the middle. Then start at the opposite end with pure orange adding small amounts of blue as you move up.

Students paint their papers while teacher assists and reteaches where needed.

Do students understand the concept of complementary colors and how they affect each other (intensity).


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas
[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses
[K-4] Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[5-8] Students generalize about the effects of visual structures and functions and reflect upon these effects in their own work
[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas
[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems
[9-12 Proficient] Students demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments about the characteristics and structures to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other purposes of art

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art
[5-8] Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life

Color Field


Acrylic, Tempera