We had a lot of fun using our hands to paint our landscape scenes. First, we decided on the colour scheme and combinations we wanted to use, starting with primary colours red blue and yellow, and neutral colours black and white. Mixing primary colours with each other will result in secondary colours orange, green, and purple (Fox & Shcirrmacher, 2014). Second, we tested out the colour we wanted to use and started dabbing and spreading the colours across our canvas. We used blue in the middle for the ocean scene and red and yellow for the sunset scene. There was something so meditative about getting messy and mixing the colours on canvas. To get the dark shade, we mixed black with the colours on canvas to create a depth look. We added white to red and white to black to create beautiful shades of pink and grey, which is referred to as tinting. We used brushes and our fingers to paint in some of the elements such as birds, fish, and coral.
Colour is all around us and children’s experiences with colours begin very early as they discover and experience colours in many enjoyable and exciting ways. Colour mixing can be introduced to children in stages through sets of activities. You can begin by introducing the colour wheel, then match the colours on the wheel with coloured blocks. Children get accustomed to the colours before recreating their own colour wheel. Colour mixing activities can be done using various materials and medians such as primary colour paint, food colouring and eye-droppers, coloured ice cubes, and so on. Get amazed with the many ways to enjoy colours and observe children’s expressions as they discover the colours as we mix them together. The possibilities are endless!
For more inspiration on discovering colours in the classroom, visit these websites. http://www.education.com/activity/preschool/colors/
Our lesson in landscape painting was a very valuable experience, as it taught me that something that may seem very complicated could actually be done rather simply. Looking at how the three primary colours can blend to form secondary colours is a mind opening aesthetic experience. It was a step by step process starting with painting the middle orange, then blending it with the yellow on top, putting blue at the bottom. An element of art used was colour, showing the sunset with the complementary colours of blue and orange. Warm and cool colours were used to provide the essence of the painting and what it depicts. In order to teach early learners about the element of colour, it is necessary to provide them with open ended materials for hands on exploration.
Fox, J. E., & Schirrmacher, R. (2014). Art and creative development for young children(8th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Delmar.