In the middle of it all, we started a new unit on color and value. I gave the students a crash course on color theory (this is summa skool, member? we have soooo little time): we created a color wheel together, labeled primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Then wrote down some color schemes and labeled examples of those. Then, students colored their monsters in their sketchbook using a variety of color schemes. Once happy with the color choices, students learned how to mix acrylic paint to make a "sophisticated" color (i.e. not right outta' the tube). I then showed students how to create tints and shades of that one color using white and black respectively. Each time they mixed a new tint or shade, they plopped that into their notes and painted a square of paper I gave them. Once all completed (white, black, 2 tints, 2 shades, and original sophisticated color), we let the squares dry.
While waiting, students created 3 thumbnail sketches using ORGANIC or GEOMETRIC lines to create a 7 shape landscape. They decided on one, then cut their paper and glued according to value (which was a fantastic transition into SPACE!). We mounted onto white paper, and students had to embellish the border per value and color choices.
(Below is my example with some example borders I made to help them start.)
Here are their little mini artworks! (Yep, I credit Pinterest again for this little tidy idea: perfect for middle school and excellent for HS mini project!) Enjoy!
Interestingly enough, I just noticed how many purple and green landscapes happened... hmmm...