After my 8th graders finished observational drawing at the beginning of the year we eased into a bit more choice. We went over different color schemes as well as tints and shades, and then the students each chose a color scheme, subject matter, and type of paint (tempera or water color).
This is the color information we covered. Students took a Pre-Test before we started and I haven't gotten around to doing the Post-Test yet. You know, showing growth and all that jazz.
Here are some of the paintings. It was interesting to see what the students chose and a good way to start to get to know them. I posted the description and images on my school blog with added numbers by the paintings. We'll use the post to review color schemes before the test.