Let's Mix It Up
Mixing Process ( Self Discovery)
Stress to the children that their personal color wheel is their reference sheet. Allow the children time to experiment with the primary and secondary colors.
1. Have the children mix a primary color with a secondary color. Have the children discuss what they see. (The children should notice a "middle" color, e.g., yellow green, red violet, etc., such as they've seen in their crayon box.)
2. Have the children mix all of the primary colors together. Have the children discuss what they see. (The children should notice a brown color.)
Mixing Colors Optically
Display the poster by Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Discuss how the dots of color have been placed side by side and how the eye blends the colors.
Provide the children with an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of white paper with two circles on it.
Have the children apply red, yellow and orange dots in one circle. Have the children apply yellow, blue and green dots of color inside the other circle. Encourage them to place the dots side by side. When they are finished, tape the papers on the board and get feedback from the children. Ask them questions, e.g., Do the colors seem to blend? Which colors seem nearer? Which colors seem far away.
Refer back to Seurat's poster and have the children look for the same colors that they have in their circles.
Provide each child a page from a coloring book or some other activity sheet on hand. Make sure the illustrations are simple and fairly large.
Instruct the children to color the illustrations with dots in the primary colors only. Have them create the illusion of secondary colors by placing a primary color next to a different primary color to make the secondary color, e.g., place a yellow dot next to a blue dot, a red dot next to a yellow dot, etc. When they are finished, tape the papers on the board and get feedback from the students. Play the tape for relaxation. (The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi is a good one.)