Our Second graders explored the art element of color value for the first time with this lesson. We began by looking at examples of art that used only different tints (lighter values) and shades (darker values) of one color to show depth or form. Then students folded a 12x18 sheet of drawing paper into eight sections and painted each with a different value of their chosen "ice cream" color. They did this by adding increasing amounts of white to their color (or increasing amounts of their color to white). In a second session, students drew scoop shapes on their different values and cut these out. Being careful to stack them in dark-to-light or light-to-dark order, they then glued the scoops, with a cone, onto a pre-cut sheet of 6" x 18" black construction paper. Many also got good and creative with oil pastels for their backgrounds!