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Blossoming “Popcorn Trees”

Spring has sprung, and to cel­e­brate, our Kinders painted trees blos­som­ing with flow­ers made of pop­corn!  This les­son rein­forces the color mix­ing skills we’ve been work­ing on all year, as well as teaches a basic tech­nique for drawing/painting trees.  Adding pop­corn also gives the oppor­tu­nity to talk about the con­cept of “mixed media”.  And who […]

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Mixing 100 Colors

Today was our 100th Day of School, so to help our 2nd graders cel­e­brate, I decided to chal­lenge them to mix 100 dif­fer­ent col­ors!  I used the Apple pro­gram “Pages” to make a grid for them to paint over, con­sist­ing of 10 rows of 10 very light gray squares with a lit­tle white space in […]

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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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