My JH students created one painting of a reptile or insect and another painting of a plant/flower/leaf. We reviewed complimentary colors and did tints and shades of those colors. One painting would be one color with different shades of that color, the other painting would be the complementary color with different shades of that color.
After the paintings were dry, I gave students the option to add small details with black sharpie.
Then, students cut their paintings up and put them back together in an AB pattern.
|Lizard and Cactus|
|Grasshopper and flower|
|Dragonfly and Leaf|
|Some kind of lizard and Rose|
|Turtle and Sideways Cactus|