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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! You will need: Paper plates, 2 per stu­dent (one for a palette, one for the […]

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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:9x12 white heavy­weight con­struc­tion paperpen­cilTem­pera paint — red, yel­low, turquoise, white and black­Pa­per plates for palettes­brushes and water Vocab­u­lary:Tint — any color plus white­Shade — any color plus black […]

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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 use […]

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Color Mixing with Kindergarten

Flow­ers by GabrielI love how K’s will intu­itively paint a line of blue across the top of the paper for the sky, because the sky is above them! (They usu­ally need to be taught to make the sky touch the ground. I save that les­son for later!) I like to start off our first color mixing […]

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Create Your Own Color Wheel

Noth­ing teaches you as much about color mix­ing as cre­at­ing your own color wheel! Here’s some help­ful vocab­u­lary and direc­tions for cre­at­ing a color wheel of your own: Pri­mary col­ors — red, yel­low and blue (col­ors that can­not be cre­ated by mix­ing other col­ors) Sec­ondary col­ors — orange, green and vio­let (col­ors that are cre­ated by […]

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