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The Great Tertiary Color Debate

The Great Tertiary Color Debate

The internet…. that great supplier of information at your fingertips, making it fast and easy to find answers and share them with the world! But what if those answers being shared are incorrect??  Vladimir Lenin once said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” (Hmmmm….. did Lenin really say that, or has it just been credited […]

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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing – Paint 100 Hearts!

With Valentines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the corner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed version of my ‘Mixing 100 Colors’ lesson! Mixing the colors and then painting hearts requires a little longer attention span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this version. But younger students […]

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Color Wheel with Primary, Secondary, Intermediate and Tertiary Colors

Create Your Own Color Wheel

Why purchase pre-mixed paint colors when students can learn to mix their own colors for more variety and more interesting results?  Making a color wheel teaches students how to mix the colors they want while learning the basics of color theory! For a printable 7 page pdf of this project (including my color wheel template), […]

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Painting Great Greens!

Green is a color that students often take for granted.  When painting greens, many will default to just using the green in their paint set.  This results in paintings that lack depth and interest.  With some basic color mixing instruction, kids can paint a variety of greens and greatly improve their paintings at the same […]

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Kandinsky for Kinders

I love this color mixing lesson inspired by Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky! Kandinsky was an accomplished musician as well as an artist, so it’s fun to play music while the students are working. You can do variations of this lesson for just about any grade level. Here is what I do for Kindergarten and 1st […]

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Cityscapes with Tints and Shades

Our Kinders are becoming experts at color mixing! This time we added white to make tints and black to make shades as we created these sweet “candy-colored” cities! Materials:9×12 white heavyweight construction paperpencilTempera paint – red, yellow, turquoise, white and blackPaper plates for palettesbrushes and water Vocabulary:Tint – any color plus whiteShade – any color […]

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Valentine Color Mixing

You can mix a “tint” of any color just by adding white to it. Painting with tints lends itself well to Valentine projects, like this colorful card made from a 12″x18″ painting folded in half. 1. First, place a “quarter-size” amount of red, yellow and turquoise tempera paint on a paper plate. (I like to […]

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