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 made a grid for students to paint over, consisting of 10 rows of 10 very light gray squares with a little white space in between. I didn’t want to see harsh outlines around the colors and this worked well to give them a structure to paint over while allowing the colors themselves to “steal the show”! Then I made copies on card stock and gave my students their challenge….
- Newspaper to cover desk
- 8.5″ x 11″ card stock, printed with a grid of 100 light gray squares (download the free pdf of my Color Mixing Squares template)
- Paper plate
- Tempera paint: red, yellow, turquoise, black, and white
- Paint brush
1. Colors must be mixed… no using them straight out of the bottle!
2. Leave a little white space around each color.
and most importantly…..
3. No washing your brush! To clean your brush, simply wipe it on the newspaper.
I’m on a kick of painting without water these days, and the colors that kids are mixing are just incredible, thanks to that small amount of color that gets left in their brush! (This technique only applies to liquid tempera paint, and not watercolor, of course!)
Out of 25 students, only 6 completely finished by the end of our 50 minute period, but others were close. This was definitely challenging for 2nd grade, but they LOVED it and I think it will change the way they approach color mixing forever! A very FUN project…. trying it again tomorrow with 4th grade…. using hearts!