A “Complimentary” Valentine

My 2nd graders’ Valentine project was inspired by the American pop artist, Jim Dine (b. 1935).  As a class, we viewed one of his artworks called Four Hearts.  The intention here isn’t to reproduce this exact art piece, but to incorporate the multiple images, bright colors and broken up background into their own heart composition.

Jim Dine’s Four Hearts

The second part of the project, was to incorporate the use of complimentary colors: red & green, purple & yellow, orange & blue.

This really shows the relationship between the colors and demonstrates how they make one another stand out/pop when using them side by side.

Miss Misty’s Art Class: 2nd grade, medium: watercolor paint

Step One: Have the child divide the paper into 6 squares by lightly drawing (with a pencil) a horizontal line through the middle of the paper, followed by 2 vertical lines that create 3 vertical rows.

Step Two: Use a pencil to very lightly draw a heart in the center of each of the 6 squares.

Step Three: Using watercolor paints, allow the child to paint each heart a different color of the rainbow, in any order they choose (red, blue, yellow, purple, green, orange).

Step Four: In my example, the child painted organic shapes in the background of each square. They resemble blobs and almost a giraffe print. Your child can do this, or can paint spots, dots or dashes. But, the color they choose for each square needs to be the complimentary color of the heart in that square. Of course, this is only if you’re choosing to follow along with this lesson plan. Otherwise, any color they choose works, too.


-Watercolor paper

-Watercolor paint and paintbrush


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