Monochromatic Painting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students know the difference between hue, shade and tint? A video lesson on monochromatic colors clarifies the concepts while an activity gives students the chance to mix their colors to create a monochromatic painting of their own.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain monochromatic color schemes
  • mix different shades and tints of a particular hue
  • create a monochromatic painting


1 to 1.5 hours


  • Assorted acrylic paints
  • Paper plates
  • Paint brushes
  • Heavy white paper
  • Assorted classroom objects

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

Key Vocabulary

  • Hue
  • Shade
  • Tint

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