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Elements of Art: Color K/1

Posted on: September 22, 2009

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week  4   Grade   K/1

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of Art: Color

Cost per student: $.10 (please note that watercolors could be used for many future projects)

Materials: White paper, red, yellow and blue watercolors (I found slightly used individual tiny pans about .5”x.75” inches each, already loose), 3 glass jars, red, blue and yellow ice cubes (saturated with food coloring), shallow cups for containing water color pans, table coverings, shallow pie tins or the like for water, crayons. Phew!

Students will be able to: identify primary colors, identify and mix secondary colors

Vocabulary: primary, secondary, color

Definition: the hue, value and intensity of an object seen by the human eye

1. Gather students together on the carpet. On chart paper, have a 6 hue color wheel outlined. Ask students to name the colors you have already filled in (red, yellow, and blue, with spaces between for the secondary colors). Explain that these are the primary colors, and with these colors they can make many other colors.

2. Take a red and blue cube and drop them in a glass jar. Ask the kids to predict what color the water will turn when the cubes mix. Fill the jar ½ full of water, screw on the lid, and ask a helper to gently shake the jar with both hands. Hold it up for the kids to see if their predictions are coming true.

3.Ask a second helper to use a purple crayon to color in the blank spot on the color wheel chart between the red and blue spaces. Have the helper keep swirling while you repeat with red and yellow cubes, and blue and yellow cubes in the 3rd jar (and helpers coloring in the green and orange spots on the chart). I chose to label the jars with corresponding red, blue and yellow dot stickers so the kids could remember what color cubes went in to begin with. The jars might look pretty on the window sill near the science table.

4. Have the students go back to their seats, where you have laid out old recycled plastic tablecloths to cover the table, a sheet of white paper (fingerpaint paper works nicely) with their names in the corner, a tiny tub with 3 water color pans inside for each kid, and pie tins with about 1 cm of water covering the bottom (several kids can share each water tin).  Have the kids watch you as you dip a finger in the water, swipe the wet finger across the red watercolor, and apply it to the paper. Repeat with yellow and just blend right there on the paper to get… orange! Ta da! Encourage them to experiment, but to dip their painting finger in water each time for the best result.  Remind them that the water and paints are used for good and not evil; paint goes on the paper only and only 1 finger at a time goes in the water pans.

5. In terms of clean up, you can put the plastic table clothes folded in long rectangles out in the hallway with the paintings drying on top; I have the book Color Dance, by Ann Jonas and I would have the other adult read this to the kids who can make their way to the rug as they finish up; the book is great reinforcement about color interplay.  Hands can just be wiped of with a damp towel; the paint isn’t sticky or stainy and it’s not as full on messy as regular fingerpaints since only 2 or 3 fingers are in the paint.

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