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Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: Gr. 3-8 | Age: 8-14yrs | Written by: Madeline Buonagurio
[Madeline is an art educator at Jefferson, Roosevelt and Washington Elementary Schools in North Arlington, NJ.]

Students will create a portrait using one pair of complementary colors.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Review the color wheel with the class.
  2. Explain that the complementary colors are opposite one another on the color wheel.
  3. Have the class find the complementary color pairs (red & green, blue & orange, yellow & purple).
  4. Explain that when they are used next to each other, they look brighter.
  5. When they are mixed together they make gray.
  6. Demonstrate drawing a portrait using only one pair of complementary colors.
  7. To add interest, color some areas lightly. In other areas, press hard on the crayon.
  8. Add a pattern to the shirt and background.
  9. Use heavily colored lines in the hair to add texture.
  10. Try mixing the complementary colors together to make gray.
  11. Mount the portrait on 12x18 colored paper.
  12. Under the portrait, mount the following explanation:
  13. I drew a portrait using complementary colors.
    Complementary colors are opposite one another on the color wheel.
    When they are used next to each other, they look brighter.
    When they are mixed together, they make gray.

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