Issue One of the Art Together e-zine is all about color, and I love color. Playing with color makes me very happy! As you might guess, we have plenty of activities on the blog exploring color as well; I wanted to gather some of the best in one place as an extra resource.
Make A Simple Color Wheel from the Art Together series: We do this two ways, using circles of watercolor and using acrylics (shown to the left).
Preschool Color Mixing Using Colored Water: There’s nothing quite like watching colors mix yourself at this age. It’s magical, and the best way to learn about color mixing is doing it.
Preschool Color Mixing Using Tempera Paint: This activity incorporates squeeze bottles, experimentation, and stirring. It’s a winner for preschoolers.
Tints and Shades from the Art Together series: This activity uses one shade of color plus white and black to make monochromatic paintings.
O’Keeffe Leaves: Using Autumn leaves for inspiration, we drew really big leaves and filled them in with color.
Experiments with Natural Dyes: One Easter we did just that to color our Easter eggs (left), getting some really interesting colors.
Experimenting with Bleeding Tissue Paper: This type of tissue paper “bleeds” out its color when it touches water, which can be an interesting way to play with color blending, make prints, and investigate.
Tissue Paper Painting: Using Eric Carle’s method, we painted tissue paper with brightly colored designs.
Color and Texture: Using primary colored paint and a variety of textured objects, we created our own bright decorative papers.
You don’t need to buy the zine in order to join the Flickr group and share work by you and your kids–New Flickr makes my eyes hurt but I promise to be over there more often; I’d love to see what everybody is working on!