Tints and Shades


AGE GROUP:  Elementary
TOPICS:  Paint, Shade, Tint


  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes, palettes, water


  1. Tell students to turn the paper sideways to create the background first. Fold paper in half and open so you have a vertical line (you are looking at the picture sideways).
  2. Students will begin with one brush stroke of the solid color (pink in the example above) on the fold line—then stop.
  3. Explain that mixing white with a color makes it lighter. This is called a tint. Mix a bit of white in your pink and do another stroke on the left side of your first stroke.
  4. Next, add a bit more white, and continue tinting each stroke a little more.