Tuesday, May 3, 2011

i scream, you scream...

We all scream for these tint and shade ice cream cones! I won't lie, I borrowed this lesson from www.artolazzi.blogspot.com and my kids LOVED it! We started out with a 6x24 sheet of paper, folded it twice to make 4 equal squares, then made a value scale with paint. I gave the students four colors to choose from: green (mint), brown (chocolate), pink (strawberry), orange (sherbet). They kept adding white to their blocks of color to change the VALUE of the color.

I then gave each of them a 6x9" paper to create a shade of their original color (adding black) to make the "cone". This took an entire day.

On day two, we talked again about VALUE and MONOCHROMATIC COLORS. I taught them how to assemble their stacked ice cream cones on sheets of 6x24" black paper. Their "value" scale had to go from darkest (cone) to lightest (top scoop). They were welcome to add a cherry to the top, as well as hole-punched "sprinkles".
This was a great way to teach the students about tint and shade as well as value scales! (And you can imagine the moaning and groaning afterward about hunger pangs!)


  1. these turned out great! i love the sprinkles!

  2. Pink is my favorite.
    I like the cherry on top :)

  3. What a perfect idea for tint & shades! I love it!

  4. I love this! I do several color theory projects each year and this will definitely become one of them!