SchoolArts Magazine

SEP 2019

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E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D O ne of the first early child- hood lessons I ever taught as an elementary art teacher became one that I always taught. It combines imagination with simple color theory and bilateral or line symmetry. It also has an engaging "wow" factor—for me, one of the best components of a successful lesson. Color Magic Starting with an introduction to color, I showed students transparent color paddles or gel sheets and dem- onstrated how they create secondary colors when overlapped in front of a window. (The very first time I did this, a child shouted, "It's magic!") I then demonstrated the lesson before passing out materials. Creating the Wow Factor I gave students 12 x 18" (30 x 46 cm) manila paper and crayons and asked them to fold their papers in half, open them up, and write their names on them. (If students couldn't write their names, I did it for them.) Having previously filled squeeze bottles of red, blue, and yellow paint, I quickly went around the room and squeezed out a blob of each color in a triangular formation on one side of students' opened papers. Don't place the paint blobs too near the edges of the paper; place them closer to the fold. (You might instead choose to have a set of squeeze bottles for each table for students to use themselves, but I recommend using this approach for follow-up experimentation.) Next, I asked students to carefully fold closed the empty side of their paper like a book and gently rub it with their hands to spread the paint Nancy Walkup COLOR mmetr This lesson combines imagination with simple color theor nd bilateral or line s mmetr . Edith draws over her painting with crayon. 44 SEPTEMBER 2019 SchoolArts

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