Beginner Acrylic Painting Ice Cream Sundae Middle School and High School Art


Product Description

Students love this simple middle or high school acrylic painting project. It is a great introduction to painting lessons and is easy to follow and teaches how to create tints and shades of paint using no black. They practice mixing colors with acrylic on the included art worksheet then they complete the final painting.

This project usually follows my color theory worksheets and students should have already learned and practiced how to tint and shade a color using complements and dark cool colors and mixing chromatic grays from the primary colors.


This art lesson includes:

  • A presentation to show students that demonstrate the painting process step by step with lots of student examples and images in Google Slides format
  • A PDF with links to Google Slideshow and QR code students can scan to see the presentation even if you do not upload it to Google Classroom.
  • Reference photos to paint from
  • A color mixing handout for students to practice creating tints and shades of their color.
  • Teacher Notes and Tips


The best part about this painting is that it gets students used to mixing colors and testing values before applying the paint to their canvas. It helps them break the values down into shapes and practice mixing correct tints and shades. Their shapes don’t have to be perfect for the result to still be great. The focus is mostly on learning to see value and mixing color to create tones. I have done this with both middle and high school students and it came out great with both groups. They love the fun subject matter and they look great displayed together.


Need an Easy to Follow Art Sub Plan?

The included worksheets work great as sub plans, and early finisher assignments, for students on home instruction or in ISS. They are easy to follow with the linked videos and are easy for substitute teachers or self-directed learning when the art teacher is unavailable.


All of my lessons can be shared with your students through Google Classroom or any digital platform and are formatted to work for distance learning or in the classroom. They are designed to save you time and help your students access the tutorials, presentations, videos, or worksheets as easily as possible. You can find more ready-to-go, easy-to-follow, time-saving art lessons in my RESOURCE SHOP.


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Beginner Acrylic Painting Ice Cream Sundae Middle School and High School Art