SchoolArts Magazine

October 2015

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32 OCTOBER 2015 SchoolArts E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D O ne of the most wonderful questions I've received came from a first-grader, who asked, "What will we discover in art today?" What a great way to begin a class on color mixing! The lesson began the week before, when students learned about the primary colors and how to identify them with a color wheel. Working with Primary Colors Most students already knew that primary colors mix to make a rainbow of colors, but they were surprised to learn that they could not make pri- mary colors by mixing other colors. On day one, I explained that they were going to make paint- ings by playing with primary colors, lines, and shapes. I also explained that the paintings would take two class sessions to complete, and that they would need titles. Ready to work with sketchbooks open to the page where they had previously practiced draw- ing lines and shapes, students selected a pri- mary color and painted one line and one shape on white paper. They repeated this process for Laurie Bellet Color WONDERS Ben, Best Paint of All, grade one.

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