Monday, May 2, 2011

The Color Wheel

I do this project every year with 5th grade. I have tons of old scrap paper donated from an invitation supply company. While the paper may be funky colors, it is good quality paper. We fold the paper so that there are 12 squares, all the same size. I give students the primary colors, and we mix the secondary colors. We use the primaries and secondaries to mix intermediate colors. That typically takes one whole class time of about 55 minutes. When they come back, we make a design template. Students have to trace the design on all 12 squares, then cut each one out. Students have to arrange the designs in the order of the color wheel, and label everything. This step usually takes about 55 minutes as well, making for 2 55 minute periods.

Klimt Printmaking 2nd grade

Well, I have lost my camera, so no posts for a while, but I have some new things to share with a borrowed camera. These are second grade, I gave them 3 5x7 inch pieces of watercolor paper, and let them color the paper with Crayola markers. We chose colors that touched on the color wheel, to avoid making brown. Students used water and a paint brush to mix the colors, then we practice drawing the Tree of Life, from Klimt. Students used the foam blocks (4x6in) from DickBlick. We used pencils to draw the design, then we printed our trees on our watercolor paper. Straight out of Arts and Activities magazine, but very nice.