The Calvert Canvas: Adventures in Middle School Art!: 7th Grade. Also a teacher who expands the preconceived art notions. Students clearly enjoy the projects and the blog owner has valuable experience working with a diverse group of students.
Monochromatic or analogous colors for the background. Darkest colors at the top, changing to lightest. Once painted and dried, went over with black tempera paint to create a silhouette of a tree. They needed at least 5 combinations of colors varying from dark to light for swirls. Then start adding them in layers (D to L)from the top of the sky, middle, to the bottom. They chose contrasting color combination for the foreground and tree branches. Last, gold paint to show direction of light