1st Grade Color Exploration

Painting with young children, while a bit messy, is also quite magical. Hearing their enthusiasm and excitement when they discover new colors, seeing the pride on their faces- it makes all of the set-up and clean up totally worth it!

We began these beautiful “non-objective” paintings by reviewing our Line Families. Using pencils first, the students “broke up the space” using straight lines, curvy lines, zig zag lines, circles and dots. We tried to create “areas of interest” and “areas of rest”.

Once satisfied with their composition, students went over with black tempera paint.

On day 2, we used color! But wait! There was only red, yellow, blue and white! Using the Primary colors, we were able to create a wide range of Secondary colors (orange, purple, and green). Tints were created by adding white, and neutrals by mixing color opposites.

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