hint right from the start: This project works best if you have
another adult body to help with sink duty.
the students sit around one table. Begin with a discussion of colors
on the color wheel. Explain that there is an order to the way in
which the colors are positioned on the color wheel. The first set
of colors is the Primary Colors. See
if the children can list them - red, yellow, and blue. The second
set of colors is the Secondary Colors.
No need to list them yet. The children will soon see this for themselves.
The third set of colors, Tertiary or Intermediate
Colors will also be discovered.
with students one at a time making hand prints with Primary
Colors. As individual students finish, send them off to the
sink with the other adult supervisor.
the Primary Colors have been printed,
continue with Secondary colors. Look
at a pyramid labeled with the Primary colors. What are two colors
that can be blended? Apply red paint to one had and yellow to another.
Let the child mix them. Then, add orange to the chart with Secondary
Colors. Do the same with violet and green.
hint: Blue and Red make Purple. However, a
good Purple is not easy to create. I cheat. First I try it with
Red and Blue. Then, the cheating takes over. I have students use
a Red-Violet with Blue to get a Barney Purple.
the Secondary Colors have been made, discuss how the term "intermediate"
means "in the middle". What is in the middle of red and orange?
Red-orange. So, add two dabs of red and one of yellow to a student's
hands. Do the same with all Intermediate Colors.
a bit of chaos and fun after this demonstration, allow the students
to experiment with the colors for a while. Finally, bring the class
back to order and have the students create their own color wheel
with two triangles. Label Primary, Secondary and Intermediate colors.
Apply color with crayons.
2000, revised 2012 by Phillip Martin
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