Georgetown Kindergarten artists have been exploring the art element of COLOR.
They created power armbands while learning rainbow color order – that color guy ROYGBIV really knows his stuff!
Their primary color cars have been a huge hit; who knew you could do so much with just red, yellow and blue.
Next came the secondary colors, and a fun opportunity to mix primary colors to create green, orange, and purple. We did it the non-messy way – by wiggling our fingers on top of paint covered with plastic wrap. Squishing the colors around the paper plate was a sensory bonus – kind of like squeezing a painted stress-ball!
We even learned about TINTS by mixing in some white with our new colors.
Kindergarteners loved that even our trash looked pretty on color mixing day!
Georgetown’s Kindergarteners are really excited about their new project…drawing cars and trucks. We read lots of books about vehicles and talked about all the details on vehicles – big tires with fancy tire treads, door handles and doors, lights, and mufflers. These kids know their vehicles and had a blast drawing the car or truck of their dreams.
Before they began adding color to their vehicles, we did a review of the primary colors and used just red, yellow, and blue on their masterpieces. Mrs. Brouwer challenged them to do their best coloring by moving only their hand – not their whole arm – while coloring. They gave those small hand muscles quite a workout!
Learning Goals: I can identify the primary colors; I can color using my small hand muscles; I can add lots of details to my drawing. And an unexpected learning goal that I love: at the end of each class, my kinders have been telling each other what they learned that day. Here’s one of the best ones: “I learned that when you paint the sky, the color goes all the way down to meet the ground”.
Look for these fabulous vehicles on our ARTSONIA on-line gallery soon!
First grade artists have been playing around with color! They recently learned about primary and secondary colors and did a little “non-messy” color mixing by rubbing over paint that had been covered with plastic wrap. They were excited to see the colors change from red, yellow, and blue to purple, green and orange as they squished the paint under the plastic wrap.
We read a perfect book to tie in to our color mixing – “Monsters Love Colors” by Mike Austin – all about monsters (and first graders!) who love to scribble, scribble, mix, dance and wiggle!
After mixing our colors on paper plates, we peeled back the plastic wrap to reveal our beautiful colors. Even our wastebasket looked colorful.
First graders finished their color class by designing their own “color wheel turtle” to take home.
And while we’re talking color…take a minute to explore this fun link about color from NPR….their introduction says it is a weird little lesson in color, and it is indeed!
At Hudsonville Public Schools, each elementary grade has at least three artists they are required to be introduced to. Kindergarten students learn about the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Mondrian is such a great artist for Kindergarteners to learn about because he painted with Primary colors and straight lines. He really liked horizontal and vertical lines. Kindergarteners at Georgetown Elementary created “Mini Mondrians” by using small squares of paper and gluing on strips of Primary colored construction paper. They glued four mini squares onto their large black square to create their project. Students were allowed to make an extra mini square to take home to show their family.
See more Mini Mondrians at our ARTSONIA on-line Art Gallery!
Fourth Grade artists have been working hard to finish up these gorgeous peacock drawings. After reviewing color families such as primary, secondary, and warm/cool combinations, they added color with oil pastel and carefully blended the feathers, adding a bright green background to finish their masterpieces. Aren’t their peacocks amazing?
See more peacocks at ARTSONIA!
First Grade artists have been learning all about color this month – primary colors, rainbow order, and mixing secondary colors. This week we wrapped up with a visit from Warm Wanda and Cool Cal – coloring these critters helped us learn about warm and cool colors. The best part – Wanda and Cal puppets to take home!
I don’t repeat too many art projects – but this one is always so enjoyed by my first grade crew that I have to do it. And I get a kick out of the way this stays with my students – even my 5th graders refer to the warm and cool colors as Wanda and Cal!
My first and second grade artists are reviewing color this week. They have such great memories – everyone recalled the primary colors and remembered how to mix them to create secondary colors.
Color mixing is always a challenge for my little ones – seems like we always end up with “mud” as they try to create their secondary colors. Not this time! My kiddos traced around a large circle, and I squirted a dollop of red, yellow, and blue tempera paint in the middle of their circles. Then I placed a sheet of saran wrap on top – and what fun! My students smooshed the paint around – they loved the way it felt with the saran wrap on top of the paint! They were instantly able to mix the secondary colors, and when they pulled the saran wrap off, the results were beautiful.
Not sure yet what we’ll do with our little color wheels – they may show up in a future project.
Even our trash looks pretty today!