Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Using An Art Pallet To Mix Colors
The primary color mixing materials are in an almost constant state of use in my classroom. The three and four year olds seem to never tire of seeing blue and yellow make green, and yellow and red make orange, etc.
A couple of weeks ago, I gave a lesson on the parts of a paintbrush and followed it immediately with a lesson on how to clean a paintbrush. (Next post) I also gave an introductory lesson on how to use an art pallet to combine primary colors. The word "pallet" sounds so good when three and four year olds say it. The results have been a complete success. I will add a fourth color after Thanksgiving. Here are some photos of the children at work:
Note the jar with soapy water. Earlier, the student put a few drops of dish soap in the jar. They next used the pitcher to pour water in to make suds. The heads of the dirty paintbrushes are placed in the sudsy water to soak before being cleaned.
The work above and below was done by second year, four year old students. The painting above has a blue river running across it. The door is purple, although hard to see in the photo. Also, the flowers are outlined in a shade of green. The picture below shows wonderful use of both the primary and secondary colors.
The work below was done by a first year, three year old. He looks so serious. He worked on his painting for more than half an hour. Wow!
Above: Note that the young painter limited the use of most of the paint to the paper and not to the table - well not much. It is really a masterpiece!