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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.