Jelly Fish Mixed Media Value Lesson

jelly fish value mixed media lesson

Jelly Fish Mixed Media Value Lesson

Jellyfish Value Lesson

Jellyfish Value Lesson-Student Example (2nd Grade)

This lesson teaches children about the elements of art called value. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. Students practiced two ways to create values with paint & dry pastels. They mixed black & white with blue to create different values of blue for the ocean.

I saw a project similar to this on pinterest & have hard time tracking down exactly who the project belongs too- so this is not my original lesson. The link I found was on Flicker called My Student’s Work By Pumpkin Chief. So credit for this lesson should go to this person! Color Like You Mean It also has an example of the value in the winter sky.

Here is how WE did this project:


  • Students will learn about the element of art called value.
  • Value can be used to show distance and give the illusion of form (3D).
  • Students will learn that mixing black or white with a color will create different color values.

Supplies: 12×18″ Tag-board, tempera paint (black, white & blue or turquiose), paint brushes, dry pastels


  1. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.
  2. ASK: How do you think different values are created? What color could you add to another color to make it lighter? (White, yellow, any color that is lighter than the original color) This is called a TINT
  3. What color could you add to another color to make it darker? (black, brown, blue, or any color that is lighter than the original color) This is called a SHADE
  4. Practice Sheet: Value-Tint & Shade of a Color-Elem
  5. Values can be made by a couple different ways (demo): by varying the pressure of you hand, by mixing white or black (or a darker color) to another color. We will use both of these techniques in our project.
  6. We looked at pictures of jellyfish under the sea (specifically with the sunlight shining behind them).Jellyfish Value Lesson


Instructions for Background:

  1. Have students draw 5 concentric circles on the tag-board in pencil.

    Jellyfish Value Lesson

    Draw 5 Concentric Circles (NOT in middle of the paper!)

  2. Beginning with the innermost circle mix a little bit of blue into white paint & paint the smallest circle.

    Jellyfish Value Lesson

    TINT-mix blue with white to create lighter values

  3. In the next circle, mix a little more blue into the first mixture. Make sure there is a visible difference in value.
  4. Again, in the 3rd circle mix so that it is mostly blue with a little white & paint in the area.
  5. In the 4th circle, paint pure blue.
  6. The 5th circle mix a little bit of black into blue & paint the area.
  7. Finally, in the last circle, mix more black in & paint the area.
Jellyfish Value Lesson

SHADE=Mix blue with black to create darker values

Instructions for Jellyfish: (Demo how to draw a jellyfish)

  1. Use dry pastels in various colors to draw the outline of the jellyfish (draw 3 of varying sizes).

    Jellyfish Value Lesson

    Student Drawing jellyfish outline in dry pastels

  2. Use your finger to smudge inward toward the center of the jellyfish. This will give it a transparent look.

    Jellyfish Value Lesson

    Student smudging inward with fingers (we LOVE to get our hands dirty in art!)

  3. Add a little white to the side that is facing the sunlight shining in.
  4. At the bottom of the drawing add in the sea floor with seaweed & coral.
Jellyfish Value Lesson

Example for sea floor

If you choose to use this lesson or to repost it, please link it back to my blog. Create Art with ME


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