I started with some focussed colour mixing, which teaches students how to create a wide range of tertiary and neutral hues, as well as adding in tints and tones. This took two lessons and it's well worth spending a decent amount of time on it. It looks pretty boring and is repetitive, but students LOVE it!
We used lemon yellow, crimson, cadmium red, ultramarine and cobalt blue for mixing the secondaries, tertiaries and neutrals, plus titanium white and mars black later for the tones and tints.
All the examples were chosen for their use of a range of tertiary and neutral colours, to stretch the students' abilities to recognise and recreate a really wide range of subtle, naturalistic colours. I differentiated by providing a range of styles and varying degrees of difficulty in terms of realism and accuracy. Despite the range, 5 or 6 examples out of the 12 proved really popular, as you can see from the display above!
To follow up, the homework this week has been to choose another painting to copy, this time in a different colour medium. Some of the quicker, more fluent students in the group were able to finish their paintings ahead of the others and spent a lesson completing their homework in class.
The next steps will be by far the biggest challenge, as the students move from looking at other artists' work, to start to create their own imagery, style and ideas.