The Art Series: Red, Yellow and Blue!

Previously posted on September 17, 2015 @

After doing several activities on Lines, More Lines and Shapes and jumpstarting the Color series with the throwing, shaking and splattering with our Marble Art and Splattering Mural, we can now take our time with the basics of Color.

Remember what we did?

You can frame your art works!

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Begin with the primary colors: RED, YELLOW and BLUE. They are primary because you cannot create them by mixing other colors. However, they can be mixed to produce other colors that completes the colors of the rainbow. The primary colors form the foundation of the color wheel.

With your student/s, gather many items in the house with these solid primary colors. Try to include items that are solely RED, YELLOW or BLUE.

Brainstorm on ideas and feeling associated with each color.

You may get answers such as:

  • RED – hot, war, angry, love, passion
  • BLUE – water, cool, sad, calm
  • YELLOW – cheerful, sunny, freedom, warmth

You may even just check out famous posters or slogans and see what primary colors they use.

Group all the same-colored items together and try to get some observations about each color. For younger preschoolers, remind them that when it comes to physical manifestation of color, we use our sense of sight. However, challenge them to imagine what would RED if it can be heard, sound like? Or feel, if it can be touched. You’ll be amazed at the answers, and this will also help children express themselves better as you encourage them to speak clearly in complete sentences. You can turn this into a writing activity for those who can be challenged their thoughts.

Students may say that there are different shades of RED. Some are darker or lighter. Move to a well-lit place with your items, and then squeeze into a dark closet (yes, have fun doing that) or under the table. Maybe close all the curtains and try to ask your student to describe how the color changes depending on the amount of light that surrounds it. You can also place the items of different colors close to each other and see the effects on each other’s colors.

For older children, try to cover the following concepts as you deal with primary colors:

  • Hue
  • Value
  • Tint
  • Shade
  • Intensity

Find activities that focus on one color. One example is to have a child pick red, blue or yellow. Then cut out magazine pictures or images of the color chosen and create a collage. Or you may have Art activities that involve all three primary colors. Don’t rush or get too excited with secondary colors. Stick with these Big 3. If you feel up to it, this can be done together a Unit Study on the Philippine Flag!

This Art activity was inspired by Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue

Strings dipped in black paint were pressed over the paper to create some form of grid and the shapes were colored only primary colors
For the preschooler, this was using sponges in various shapes/ sizes.
It is some form of “stamping” or sponge art

For a richer experience with primary colors, choose some story books that use these colors.

The Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young is a very brilliant storybook with lots of bold colors. The blind mice encounter something huge and they’re all trying to guess what it is.

Though, you can start with this excerpt from Genesis as you move into COLOR, you may also end with the story of Noah and the appearance of the rainbow after the great flood. Discuss further what the rainbow meant. This can be your way to segue to the secondary colors too.

Hope you have fun with color this week.

When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.

Genesis 9:16

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