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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Camo Challenge: Color Mixing Showdown

Matt Milkowski
with students at Kenwood Academy, Chicago

Challenge: Students camouflage their hands with acrylic paint, so they “disappear” in front of master artworks (or surfaces in their classroom).

Materials: acrylic paint, brushes, art posters (or interesting objects/surfaces found in an art room; items with high contrast or patterns work well), digital camera, spotlight (optional)

Process:
• Teacher briefly reviews acrylic color mixing/theory ( hue, intensity, value, edge)
• Students work in groups and select one art poster or eye catching object/area in the room as their surface
• One student is the model who keeps their hand on the surface

• The other 2-4 students spend 10 minutes mixing colors of their surface.
• Students apply paint to the models hand.
• Teacher photographs each group, trying to maintain even lighting without excessive shadows (spotlights help)

Lesson Expansion:
• Post printed pictures around the school, or digitally online, and have faculty and students vote on most convincing camouflage
• Repeat assignment as a full body project, painting on old clothes