A Little Talk About Color

Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!  We here at The Swan’s Nest sure did.  I’m very excited to announce to you that my Color Studies for Kids curriculum will be on sale for 50% off during the “CurrClick Wishes Do Come True Sales Event,” Jan. 16-20, 2012!  Here’s how it works:

1. Put Color Studies for Kids in your wish list on CurrClick. (You can use the link on the right to get there.)

2. On January 16th, CurrClick will send an email providing access to the discount ONLY to customers with Color Study for Kids in their wish list.

In honor of this event, I thought I would talk a bit about color, and provide a small supplement to my curriculum.  In the curriculum, I mention that parents of young children, who don’t want to use paint, could try some of the projects with play dough.  Here is what a “Tertiary Color Wheel” would look like done with play dough.  Of course, you don’t have to use a worksheet for this activity.  A white paper plate with 12 quarter-sized circles drawn around it works great too!  The worksheet is great to put in a homeschool portfolio though, and I include lots of extra information on it too. ;0)

If you’re on a budget, you can make your own play dough, but I decided to use store-bought this time.  I found several good play dough recipes at http://www.momswhothink.com/preschool/playdough-recipe.html, if you need one.  You could also use paint.  You’ll need red, blue, and yellow (brighter is prettier).

We’ll start our color wheel by applying the 3 primary colors as shown above: red, blue, and yellow.  (These are known as the “Painter’s Primaries.”  They are the ones traditionally used by artists and taught in most art classes.  Modern color printers use magenta, cyan, and yellow instead, which combine a bit differently.  Maybe I’ll talk about those in a later post.)

Once the primary colors are in place, it’s time to mix the secondary colors.  Secondary colors are made by mixing 2 primary colors together.  My son decided to start by mixing red and yellow. Try to use equal amounts of each color as pictured above.

Here he is mushing the two colors together. 🙂

Here is the color wheel with the secondary colors (purple, green, and orange) added.

Now it’s time to mix the tertiary colors.  Tertiary Colors are made my mixing a primary color with the secondary color that is next to it, such as yellow and green (pictured above).  The 6 tertiary colors on this wheel are: red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, yellow-green, yellow-orange, and red-orange.

Here’s my son’s finished color wheel.  Looks like a few of his tertiary colors could use a bit more of one color or another, but overall he did a great job!  Obviously, play dough is not permanent.  I recommend either taking a picture, as I have done, or letting your child use colored pencils or crayons to fill in the appropriate circles on the wheel once the colors have been mixed with play dough.

That’s it for now.  Please use the link at the right to check out Color Studies for Kids on CurrClick, and let me know what you think! 🙂


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ivoryspring
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 20:54:10

    Hey Sandy,

    Email is down – not able to send email. Is it your birthday today? If so, have a blessed one. If not, I am just getting hazy in my old age. 😉


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