Painting: Tints and shades

Learning that a 'tint' is made by adding white to a colour and a 'shade' by adding black, pupils mix their own colours to paint the template of an animal, working across the image from light to dark and completing a contrasting background

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To alter the tint and shade of a colour

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To develop a wide range of Art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Pupils who struggle to paint neatly and blend tones from dark to light may need more practice.


Pupils working at greater depth: More able pupils may finish quickly. They can repeat the exercise with a different sheet and colour.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art & Design specialist
Paul has 22 years experience of teaching art as a specialist subject in both Primary and Secondary schools. He is a council member with the The National Society for Education and his expertise has led him to deliver CPD for…
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