McGlynn students in grades K-2 have spent the past few weeks exploring color theory! Primaries, secondaries and all of the wonderful colors in between! Students learned proper use to class materials, as well as how to safely set-up and break down their work space. Each class did something special with their painted paper recipes! Just WAIT until you see the results!
Students in grade 1, 2, 4 and 5 are beginning to explore the color wheel. How was the color wheel invented? How does it help us? How do we make it? Grade 5 has a unique opportunity to go beyond primary and secondary colors. In grades 5-8, students in art explore many different aspects of color theory, including tertiary (intermediate colors). These colors are created by mixing one primary with an adjacent (meaning ‘next to’) secondary. For instance, on a basic color wheel you will find red (primary) next to orange (secondary made from red and yellow). When we mix these two, we get….. red-orange!! We approached the color wheel as another familiar circular shape we have been seeing a lot lately and the results are astonishing! I am so proud of the effort put forth by all 5th graders during this project!
Students in grade 1 have been busy for weeks! For 3 months the art room has been busier than Grand Central Station! This season I was lucky enough to see Mrs. Bello’s class twice a week. These students have had the opportunity to take on some projects that require more time and attention to small detail. Here is what we’ve been doing:
Students learned about traditional mosaics, their function and the materials most often used. To adapt to a classroom setting, we focused on using paper tiles on black construction paper. Working to bring each space to life without overlapping was a challenge! Students needed to plan and think critically about the position of each tile. These masterpieces took over 3 classes!!!
Abstract Name Art & Geometric Shapes:
After looking at the art of Wassily Kandinsky, students works tirelessly on creating an abstract design based on the letters of their name. Like Kandinsky, we focused on our lines and movement. Students were challenged to think beyond the constraints of the lines and allow their color and design to flow freely. I was so impressed by the results and the focus of the students, I decided this would be something we bring back every year!
Before we dove into the world of Kandinsky, we spent some time exploring the lines and the tools we need to create them. Students worked with rulers to draw a variety of geometric shapes and lines. It was like seeing 25 architects hard at work on their designs!
Pastel Resist and Primary Colors:
Students in grade one explored the use of oil pastel and tempera cakes to create a ‘resist’ painting. It was fun to explore how the water-based paint ran away from the heavy oil pastel they had previously applied to their paper. Their designs were abstract, and students were encouraged not to strive for perfection, but to enjoy the experience and take note of what was happening on their paper.
Most recently, students began discussing primary colors. Why are they important? How do we use them? After reading Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, students created their own primary colored mice, and even used a palette knife to create secondary colors in between the primaries. This modified color wheel has started a conversation about how colors relate and how we can make almost anything with Red, Yellow and Blue!
Primary colors are everywhere! We need them to make other colors! Kindergarten has been working very hard to explore the possible outcomes when mixing primaries.
Miss Cormio’s Kinderartists have been mixing away over the last two weeks and the results are bold and breathtaking! Each time students arrived, we would ask ourselves, “what will happen when we mix (primary) + (primary)?” Students would make a prediction, and then proceed to the experimentation phase! Students discovered they could create a multitude of greens, a variety of oranges and a wide selection of purples.
We also had a fun time watching the primary colors video that was recently featured on Sesame Street! What a great way to visualize color theory!
Kindergarten is beginning to explore the primary colors and their relationship to other colors. The first two primaries we discussed were blue and yellow. Students made predictions as to what might happen when the two colors mixed together. Students tested their theories and began mixing. They used a palette knife, a brush and paper to explore mixing various types of GREEN paint!
Next up we will explore red and yellow!
Owls in Moonlight, Pattern Leaves, and The Color Wheel…oh my! Its been a very busy fall for 3rd graders at the Roberts as we learned about night time colors and watercolor resists, and then lines to make shapes, patterns and designs and finally we finished off with the most difficult of all, creating our own color wheels using just the primary colors alone! All our hard work has really paid off…see for yourself!