Monochromatic Painting

Monochromatic simply means one color. So for this painting the challenge is to create a painting using tints and shades of one color.

Pretty cool example from Pinterest.

The key to generating successful monochromatic work is to really push the value. Make sure your deepest shade is near black and your lightest tint is white.


  • Create a monochromatic painting that exhibits creative initiative and artistic craftsmanship.
  • Successfully express your thorough knowledge of value by using a variety of tints and shades.
  • Generate a successful composition with careful consideration of the Elements and Principles of design as well as background design.

The are many ways you can go about this. Acrylic, watercolor, and ink would all be suitable for this type of work depending on how you want your finished work to look.

Learning Standards   

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA:Cr1.1.I  a. Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors. VA:Cr1.2.III a. Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

 Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.    VA:Cr2.1.I a. Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.    VA:Cr2.1.II a. Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  VA:Cr2.2.I a. Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Anchor Standard 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.  VA:Cr3.1.II a. Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, reengage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.  a. Analyze, select, and curate artifacts or artworks for presentation and preservation.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.  a. Construct meaningful interpretations, supported by evidence, of an artwork or collection of works through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.