Art classrooms at Colonial Middle School were abuzz with creativity this week as students took part in classroom projects that helped them practice color theory, understand value scales, and design intriguing self portraits. 

In teacher Traci Rovinsky’s class, students studying color theory had the chance to see how colors mix together through the creation of a color wheel using watercolor pencils, blending different types of paint together in small jars, and using an app called Blendoku.

Eighth-graders Roman Powel, Jackson Sutcliffe, and Sonny Jones dipped their watercolor pencils into a jar of water to blend different colors together on a color wheel chart.

“We’re mixing primary colors to make secondary colors,” said Roman. 

Other students used iPads to put their color knowledge to the test.

“It’s called Blendoku and you’re supposed to make the colors go in order from lightest to brightest, and on each level, it gets harder,” said Angel Romero-Jimenez. “In the beginning I was really confident, now I’m kind of getting stuck.”

In one of the other color theory activities, students blended paint together in jars and then organized the jars into the shape of a circle and placed them on the base of an overhead projector. Light shining through the jars created a unique color wheel visual that the students then captured on an iPad. 

In teacher Julie Horwitz’s class, students worked on self portraits that they had created using collages of images they had printed out. Some used filter applications like Photomash to create unique effects on their photos. 

Students Alaina Copestick, Lily Ferhat, Tamar Handis, and Doris DeAngelis were hard at work on their portraits this week. Tamar explained how she used the image of a heart and duplicated it several times to use throughout her portrait as a symbol of one part of her personality.

“A self-portrait’s kind of different for everyone because your art has different meaning for different people, but it’s essentially abstract art so, you’re supposed to take a portrait and you can incorporate different photos,” she said. 

Alaina explained that she favors the use of shapes in her artwork, so she decorated the mask she was wearing in one of her photographs using different sizes of triangles. 

“I like different shapes so I just wanted to put it on my mask so highlights pop out,” she said. 

Other students worked on projects to enhance their understanding of value scales. They applied techniques such as shading, cross-hatching, and stippling to adjust the lightness or darkness of colors.