I love days that go by easily. Today, was such a day. What a blessing these easy days are, when the kids do what is required without a word from me to remind them of their studies.
Art time today was simple, a review of color and how our eyes perceive color. We discussed what primary colors are, secondary colors and tertiary colors. They best way to learn about color is to break out the 3 primary colors and set to work!
First I started with a piece of white construction paper. Then I grabbed a dessert plate and traced it face down onto the paper. Next, I used a 80z. ramekin to draw the circle in the middle. You can use a compass, I just couldn’t find mine. Then using a ruler make 12 spaces to paint your colors. I even took the time to write the 3 primary colors on the color chart to make it easier on my kids. If one starts with 3 primaries, one will get 3 secondaries and then 6 tertiaries giving us a total of 12 colors.
You can use any kind of paint you have on hand. We used acrylic for our color wheels. But the main thing is you need to make sure you are using true primary colors to achieve correct colors when mixing. You don’t want to end up with brown when you are trying to make purple.
I must admit, I love having the kids use acrylic paint, they are less messy with it. There are no drips! You just have to make sure they have play clothes on.
No matter what age, this is a fun lesson to do.
Since primary colors are colors that can not be made from other colors they are primary- red, blue, and yellow. Next we talk about secondary colors. They are a mixture of the primary colors. about a 50:50 ratio to achieve orange, green and purple (or violet).
Finally we talk about tertiary colors. When secondary colors mix with their adjacent primary colors we have a tertiary color- red-orange, red-purple, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple.
A simple yet educational lesson on color. The best part is, now that you have a color wheel you can easily talk about complimentary colors, monochromatic colors, cool colors, and hot colors.
So what is a complementary color? It is 2 colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel, like yellow and purple, red and green, orange and blue.
What is monochromatic color? They are colors that neighbor each other on the color wheel. Like yellow to green, or various shades of red.
What are cool colors? Well those are colors that are considered calming, like blues and greens.
What are hot colors? Reds, oranges and sometimes yellow can be considered hot, or high energy colors. Think about a fast food restaurant, what colors do most of them use? Reds and oranges and yellows. They want you to come in and out in a hurry. That’s way fast food restaurants use these colors, they don’t want you hanging out.
Almost done and looking great!
You can cut out your wheel if you like or leave it as is.
This little Peanut made a happy face too!
Next time during art we will talk about color value!