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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Color Family Portraits

Matt Milkowski
with students at Kenwood Academy, Chicago

Challenge:
Using painted toys and humorous hand-written speech bubbles, compose and photograph a narrative still life that exemplifies a color scheme relationship.

Materials: old toys or household objects, paper, sharpies, camera, spray or acrylic paint (optional)

Process:
• The day before, ask students to bring in old, colorful toys or household objects.  
• After discussing basic color schemes such as primary, complementary, analogous, etc., students work in groups to choose toys whose colors create a scheme. Teacher may also assign schemes and have students paint the objects with spray or acrylic paint. 
• Meanwhile, a group member brainstorms, cuts, and writes a speech bubble for one of the subjects that plays on that color scheme. For example, a purple and yellow toy (complementary) might say: “You complete me.”
• Students set up their subjects on a neutral background and suspend the speech bubble from wire or an unfurled paper clip.
• Students photograph artwork (natural lighting recommended)

Lesson Expansion:
Use actual students as subjects instead of toys, bases on the colors of their shirts