“I’m a great artist because I make good things to cheer people up, like this nice color!”

For the second week of our color study, friends mixed colors using primary (red, yellow, blue) and secondary (orange, green, purple) colors.  We began by reading Color Dance by Ann Jonas, which gives really great visuals for how colors mix and change… especially highlighting that all colors mixed together make grey or brown.

Next, friends began mixing colors on their individual palettes and shared with friends what they noticed and wondered throughout the process.

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Elizabeth: Naila made almost the same color as me!  It’s pink purple, but I used more red and she used more blue so that’s why they look only almost the same.

Christian: Oh, look what I did!  I used yellow and orange to make light orange.

Adele: I used all the colors.  I think it will turn brown.  No, it looks like a raspberry color!  How do I get it to stay rainbow?

Jax: I mixed rainbow colors.  I made this color… it’s brown!

Amie: I wanted to make red but it didn’t turn into red.  I don’t like the color.  I am not happy that it’s not mixing to red.

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Avery: I’m a great artist because I make good things to cheer people up, like this nice color!

Anders: I mixed blue and green to make an ocean water color.  They danced around and mixed that on the paper.

Mason: I made a color that looks like a spaceship color.

Cesar: I made Julian’s favorite color.  Red like Lightening McQueen.

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Julian: I put red and orange to make light red.  Mix, mix, mix!

Isaac: This color reminds me of a poop color.  Sorry, but it does!

Theo: I wonder what I’m making with yellow and orange.  It’s interesting!

Connor: I can mix 6 colors.  It made brown.

Drew: This color looks like yolk.

Ahmari: My arm is hurting from all the painting.

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Elijah: That color looks like the inside of a watermelon!

Uhura: Maybe I can try to make gold.  I’m gonna try yellow and orange for gold.

Isaac: Do you know how to make my favorite color?  It’s green and blue mixed together.  Santi mixed them too but his is more darker.

Luca: I’m trying to make golden.  It worked with a lot of yellow and a little bit of purple.  Oh my goodness, I did golden!  When you put more purple in it it turns brown and looks gross.

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Montre: I made Catboy blue!

Anival: Mix, mix, mix.  Everything turned… brown.

Asa: I made a special new kind of red.

Cesar: Mariyah, we made the same color, we really did it!  Did you put purple first and then red?

Mateo: All the colors together make hot chocolate brown.

Kaleb: I made a Rainbow Dash color.  Oh, that’s good.

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Caleb:  Blue, yellow. Green!  It did it!

“I’m really an artist right now.  I’ve seen artists hold a palette like this before!”

After returning from winter break, friends began learning about colors and color mixing as we kicked off our long-term color study!  We started by reading Monsters Love Colors, a very silly book that introduces colors and color mixing to young children really well.

Next, I introduced some new materials, such as a palette.  Children learned that palettes are a tool that artists use for mixing colors.  They were very excited to hold it in one hand and their paintbrush in the other.  For the first week, each palette was prepared with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) for children to mix new colors with.  Friends loved mixing their own colors, and many tried to mix colors they they thought the monsters would love!

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Elijah: Look, I’m mixing brand new colors.  This is super pumpkin orange!  We should send this to the monsters.  We could put it in the mailbox and we could send it to Monster University!

Isaac: My mom uses a palette when she paints because she’s an artist.

Santi: I made green again.  It’s different green because it’s lighter.

Mina: I mixed a color that looks like it has a little bit of yellow in it.  Oh, it’s orange!

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Theo: Avery, did you say white is your favorite color?  Try mixing yellow and blue.  That might make white.  Oh, no, that’s just green.

Elizabeth: This color looks like cabbage green!  And this green is like Grinch green.  I’m stirring this so fast.  I call this… green garbage!

Uhura: I made two greens but this green is different because it’s darker.  It has more blue mixed in it.

Gerson: Red and yellow.  Oh, I made orange!

Mateo: Mileena and I made green.  But mine looks more yuckier.  Mine looks like spinach green.

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Adele: I made a rainbow with red, yellow and blue.  But then I painted more and it looks like it turned brown to me.

Briana: I made a lighter orange with more yellow.  I’m really so good at painting because I can mix any color!

Daniela: I used rainbow colors to make brown.  How did I do that?

Luca: Whoa, I made a new color.  I made brown with all three colors.  It looked like a little rainbow but then I mixed it and it turned brown.

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Jax: I’m having so much fun with paint!  I mixed brown with all the colors, did you see that?

Amie: I was right!  Blue and yellow made green.  I want to make it light… maybe it needs more yellow.

Kyrie: The monsters, they would love it!  Look what I made!  Look, look, look!  Green!

Katherine: The monsters really told me how to make purple.

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Kate: I made another purple now.  That one is darker purple and this one is lighter purple.

Frances: Lava is red, too.  Just like this color.

Kaleb: I made brown with rainbow colors.

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Marcus: I mixed blue and yellow and it made green!  Red, yellow and blue go to brown.  Blue and red go to purple.

Kourtney: I mixed all the colors together and it made brown, not rainbow.

Drew:  This is maybe darker green, like teal green.

Alden: I’m really an artist right now.  I’ve seen artists hold a palette like this before!

Julian: I like that Hope mixed a color like Spongebob.

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Connor: Whoa, I’m pretty good at mixing colors.

Mariyah: I think you put paint in those little spots to mix new colors.

Aaron: I made a red that looks like Spiderman!

Hailey: I was right, yellow and red made orange.