Learning Exercise

Tint and Shadow

The students will learn about the tints and shades of an object. The will learn that lightening an object by adding more white to the color will create a tint. They will also learn that darkening an object by adding more black to the color will create a shadow.
Course: Art

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Go to the Web site: http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/ In order to continue understanding how to utilize a Web site properly, find and select the "Explore the Toolkit" button. Look through the page and observe the "Color" section. Underneath the color section select the "Tints and Shades" button. Observe the cartoon example of tint and shadow. Play again if necessary. If working in pairs, be sure that quiz your partner to make sure you both understand the tint and shade meanings. Continue on to the next section and work as individuals for the first two examples. Print out your answers and have the other student observe/correct your work. After corrections have been made, work on the third example as a pair, making sure accurately find all tints and shades. Be sure to print out the third example. For the "Create" part, work as a team and create a picture demonstrating tint and shade. Each group will create a picture demonstrating an invented animal and its imaginary living quarters. The animal must be created using tinted colors, while the background must be created using shadows (or vice versa).



Technical Notes

Each learner may have their own computer to work with. OR All upon one working session, two learners may work together upon a computer.


Before learning about the tints and shade, the student should know about: primary colors, secondary colors, warm and cool color, complimentary colors, and analogous colors.


How to draw utilizing lights and darks via adding tints and shadows.

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Students will understand what tint and shade are. They will understand how all lightened colors are called a tint and are created by mixing a color with white. They will also understand how all darkened colors are called a shadow and are created by mixing a color with black.


The first two sketches will be viewed as learning skills to understand how well students have understood what had been taught. The third sketch and the final drawing must demonstrate an understanding of comprehending knowledge about tint and shadow.