Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Paint Palettes and Colour Mixing

Today we invited the children to create unique shades of colour by mixing personal palettes of paint to use at the art easels.

We cut a hole in a strong plastic plate to use as the palette.

Children had a variety of paint colours to choose from and used spoons to drop their selections onto their palette.

At the easel there were containers of water for cleaning brushes, and a variety of brushes to choose from.

The children were very careful when adding paint to their palettes to think about what new colours they might like to create. Some had a plan in place and knew what two or three colours they needed to make a certain shade (e.g., red and white to make pink). Others wanted to experiment and see what happened if they mixed unlikely colours together (e.g., brown and green).

Once the children were satisfied with their palettes, they were able to create artwork at the easel. Many of them took such pride in using their artist's tools - it was wonderful to see such self-confidence and creativity blossoming!

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