When my project students at South Shore Charter Public School arrived the other day, I handed each of them a small color copy of a painting. I told them they could trade with each other if they wanted. (Surprisingly, very little trading). Then they had to make a rectangle proportional to the small painting in their sketchbooks. I then revealed several containers of colored paper, with and without pattern, lots of color, wide range of values, and told them they were going to "paint with paper". I showed them an example from my blog from a while back when I recreated one of my own paintings in paper.
Initially, my kids were a bit stymied that we didn't have exactly the right colors, but then we talked about how value was more important than color, and magic started to happen.. I chose paintings by Matisse, Picasso, Fairfield Porter, Gaugin, and Carol Marine all for their accessibility, masses of color, and strong light to dark pattern. Here are their results so far.
I am so excited by what they are seeing, and how they are constructing their "paintings".. not to mention how well they are cooperating with one another. Splendid day!