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Draft an in-class activity to teach students to "create a visual depth in their paintings through the use of color and value." Students are in their first year of college.

Activity Title: "Creating Visual Depth in Painting"

Objective: Students will learn how to create a sense of depth in their paintings by utilizing color and value.

Materials Needed:

  • Canvas or painting paper
  • Paintbrushes of various sizes
  • Paints (acrylic or oil)
  • Color wheel
  • Value scale


  1. Begin by discussing the concept of visual depth and how it can be achieved through the use of color and value. Show examples of paintings that effectively use these techniques.
  2. Introduce the color wheel and value scale, and explain how they can be used to create depth.
  3. Have students create a simple still life composition on their canvas or paper.
  4. As a class, discuss the placement of elements in the composition to create depth. For example, objects in the foreground should be larger and more detailed, while objects in the background should be smaller and less detailed.
  5. Have students begin painting their compositions, using the color wheel and value scale to create depth. Encourage them to experiment with different color and value combinations.
  6. Throughout the painting process, have students share their progress and give feedback to their peers.
  7. After the paintings are complete, have a class critique to discuss the effectiveness of the techniques used to create depth.


  • Observation of students' paintings and their use of color and value to create depth
  • Student self-evaluation of their painting, including what they feel they did well and what they would like to improve upon.