Star City art students create paintings based on classic toys


Star City High School students recently revisited toys from their childhood as part of an introductory painting lesson involving color theory.

Students in Roger Darren High’s art I classes at Star City High School drew inspiration from classic toys in order to create tempera paintings utilizing a specific color scheme.

Each student chose a photograph of a classic toy to use as reference material for the subject matter for a painting.

Toys included Barbie, G.I. Joe, tricycles, rubber duckies, Super Soakers, Legos, sports equipment, board games, video games, teddy bears, and much more.

Students were required to complete the painting using a specific color scheme. A color scheme is a plan for organizing colors.

Type of color schemes include monochromatic (one color and the tints and shades of that color), analogous (colors that sit side by side on the color wheel and have a common hue), complementary (colors opposite each other on the color wheel), triad (primary or secondary colors), split complementary one color and the colors on each side of its complement), warm colors (red, yellow, and orange), and cool colors (blue, green, and violet).

The lesson helped students to understand color mixing, tinting and shading using paint, working within a specific color scheme, and applying paint using a variety of techniques.

The paintings created by the art I students are currently on exhibit at Star City High School.