“I mixed a new color that I’ve never seen before!”

After weeks and weeks of experimentation with color mixing, children started working on their final color study product!  Friends began by closing their eyes and imagined what it would be like if they only had a few colors in the world to paint with.  Children thought about places they had been that evoked vivid memories, animals and food that they loved, and objects they have seen at school or at home.

Next, friends began creating their unique colors in small plastic cups.  Friends added paint to their cups until they had a color that made them happy.  Once the color was just right, they painted a small rectangle with their paint that would be used for the final product.  Children were able to pick the number of colors they wanted to create, ultimately ranging from 2-5.  Colors were saved for the following week… stay tuned for a post about the final work!



Connor: I’m using a little bit of black so it only gets a little bit darker.

Drew: I made a camouflage color.  It’s called “camouflage tiger!”  Did you know paint has a name and that’s the name for this one.  And this color is called “green Jell-o” and I’m gonna name this color “tree.”

Kimi: This color looks like a witchy color.

Luca: This looks like apple sauce and I want to eat it.



Brandon: I put purple in and it made it darker.  Like burgundy.

Elijah: This color is “mint” and this color is “Night Ninja.”

Africa Grace: Santi made my favorite color… it’s turquoise!  I like really, really, really light colors.

Avery: I don’t like this color yet… I need a little more blue.



Naila: I added a little white and now it’s perfect.  You guys, look… I made ocean blue!

Elizabeth: I made cabbage… yay!  And I’m calling this color “dirt.”

Anders: This is the coolest color I’ve ever made.  It’s Lizzie’s favorite color… cabbage!

Bella: I made a love color.

Christian: This is my favorite color… I’m good at mixing it.



Asa: This color looks like Nemo the fish.

Joelle: This color looks like slime!

Cesar: I mixed too many colors.  I hope it makes golden but it might make brown.  Oh, this color looks just a little like poop.  Ew.

Stephanie: I made red but it looks even cooler!



Kate: It’s like a “My Little Pony” color.

Alina: I made a dark green and Adrian made a light green.

Kyrie: I mixed Halloween colors.

Kaitlyn: I like this color.  Orange is my favorite!

Betsegaw: Ewwww… this color looks like broccoli!



Ali: Look what I made… an awesome aqua color!  This color looks like a party.

Irvina: I mixed a new color that I’ve never seen before!

Dayana: This looks like cotton candy.

Isaac: I like this color… it’s a cool black.




“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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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

“Yellow, yellow, who do you see? I see pink looking at me!”

Welcome back to the school, friends!  After a summer filled with travel, art-making and lots of time to relax, it feels great to be back in the PK Studio and kicking off year 5!  I’m so excited to continue to work with PK4’s and to begin working with the new PK3’s this year.

During the first 3 weeks of school, I joined children in their classrooms and introduced materials at their art centers.  We worked with crayons, oil pastels and finally… tempera paint.  I also introduced Studio Sketchbooks for the first time, which will help compile all of their art work from the beginning of the year.  They will take their sketchbooks home at the first conference day!  Next week, children will begin coming to the Studio for art groups… and I’m beyond excited 🙂  Below is a snapshot of the beginning of the year work in their sketchbooks… enjoy!

Friends have used oil pastels, crayons and markers to begin illustrating stories and sharing their interests with myself and their peers.  Children enjoyed smudging and rolling the oil pastels, especially because they can be a little bit messy 🙂




Kimi: This says K-I-M-I.  It’s my book!

Samantha: This is not Josie’s?  This is mine?  This is my notebook?  It’s not Josie’s, it’s mine?  My sketchbook?

Dafnee: Like your sketchbook?  Now I have one!






Brandon: I don’t like the paper on the crayons.  I got to see all the colors.  I need to put the paper in the trash.  Now everyone can see the colors!

Isabella: When you drag pastels on the side it looks like a rainbow.  I love being here at the art table.  It’s so relaxing.

Amal: When you blow on it, the oil pastel doesn’t go away.





Jax: Pastels make your hands dirty like a monster.  I want to keep drawing.

Torin: My fingers got messy too.  Just like Drew!

Elliott: Hear that scratching sound?  That’s called rubbing.

Aurora: It feels good.  They roll.  I can roll it fast.

Frances: I miss crayons, but these pastels are funny.




Eva: Julia’s hands turned green like an ogre.

Belen: Messy, messy, silly messy.  I love doing messy.

Siah: What should you call this color?  I’ll call it rainbow water!




Throughout the week, we have been using different sized brushes to paint with tempera.  Children also practiced putting on smocks to protect their clothes.  Friends mixed colors in their sketchbooks and are really excited to have paint open at their easels soon!




Kaleb: The smock is covered in red paint because I have red paint on my hand.

Gionni: Did you know blue and yellow makes green.

Jax: Yellow, yellow, who do you see?  I see pink looking at me!  Pink, pink, who do you see?  I see red looking at me!

Luca: The purple paint covers the brush like magic.




Isaac: What do you think of my painting?  It’s footprints!

Amen: When this fat brush goes in the yellow, it turns to brown.  I want to show all of my family.

Torin: Blue and yellow made a green person.  Guys look, it’s so mixed up.

Nazeer: I spin the red in yellow.  It’s orange!



“I’m going to make the perfect color ever!”

As friends are continuing to broaden their knowledge and understanding of color mixing, many have been experimenting with how to mix “perfect, special colors!”  In this video, Florentina tries many different times to mix a color that is “perfect” and still is working on getting her colors mixed just how she would like them.  Unfortunately, the batteries in my camera died before the end, but she was in fact able to mix a “rainbow” color that she was thrilled with!

“We’re so good at mixing paint, we should be on a commercial!”

Over the past three weeks, all children in Pre-K have been busy in the Studio working on mixing their own, unique colors with paint!  Friends are discovering that when you mix paint, it creates a new color that’s one of a kind and special.  We have been building rich, descriptive vocabulary as we broaden our knowledge and understanding of color.

The first week was all about painting with primary colors, which are red, yellow and blue. Friends were introduced to a palette, which is a tool that artists use when mixing colors because it has many segments that keep colors separated.  Next, we read the book Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin and worked on mixing colors that the monsters in the book would love!


Autumn: Where are the monsters?  I want to show them my painting!  They will like it.

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Jariel: I made another brown that looks like dirty mud.

Siah: I made green again, but now it’s dark green because I put more blue.

Cory: I used a lot of colors.  I love them all.  The yellow looks like honey mustard, red looks like sour soda and blue looks like water.

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Zavier: Red is the color of lava.  Green is the color of a leaf.  We’re so good at mixing paint, we should be on a commercial!

Maia: These colors are so cool because I made them myself.  I’m such an artist because I hold my palette.

Siena: I made three turquoises but they are all different.  Will the monsters like them?

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Sophie: Three greens that kind of look the same, but mostly different.  You have to look very closely.

Iris: I’m still working on making purple so it’s my favorite kind of purple and not just regular purple.

Andres: I have an idea, if you want green, just mix it yourself!


The following week, children were excited to see that white and black paint were added to their palettes and were eager to begin mixing!  We read the book Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and enjoyed singing Pete’s song about the different colors he stepped in.  After the story, friends continued to mix colors and created tints and shades with the black and white paint.


Carlos: I’m going to make a pile of blueberries like what Pete stepped in in the book!

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Adrian: I didn’t know I could make so many different purples.  The white changed the purple to light purple and the black changed the purple to dark purple.  And when I put more red, it made red purple.  And when I put more blue, it made blue purple.

Nneka: Every color you make is different than someone else’s!

Claire: Christian, well done, the first color you mixed was turquoise!

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Florentina: Holding the palette is very hard.  Just like being an artist, you have to practice and you’ll get better.

Elijah: The white paint teleported into the black paint to make grey paint.

Marquis: All the colors together make mud puddle brown.

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Zavier: I’m making a magic trick with paint.  I’m changing pink to purple.

Claire: The color I mixed is stunning.  That means really, really pretty.

Zoe: I  made indigo and violet.  Violet is a beautiful type of purple.


On to week three!  We began by reading My Many Colored Days by Dr.Seuss and learned that different colors can make us feel different ways, as well as evoke emotions and feelings.  In each circle on their paper, there was a different expression drawn in to support friends in thinking about how color is connected to the way we feel.  Children had so much fun acting out different expressions and mixing unique colors, as I added orange, green and purple to their palettes.






Friends enjoyed making angry, surprised, happy and silly faces with their friends.  Also, Ra’Maya noticed that the faces on her shirt were similar to the faces on her paper!

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Adrian: Remember the Sophie book?  Her face turned red when she was mad so I’ll use red and orange for the mad face.

Miguel: That face looks sleepy, but like they’re having a good dream.  I’ll make it peaceful purple.  When I think of nervous, I can use all the colors and paint it kind of gently so it’s like a rainbow.

William: My mad face looks like it has fire on it.

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Mae: Did you have a feeling that we would like the feeling papers?  I don’t like the faces the most, I like the circles because they are my favorite shape!

Jariel: Dark yellow makes me feel angry!

Greyson: How does that face feel? It looks like he has a snake for the mouth.


Friends will be continuing this Color Study project all the way up until our December 15th Showcase.  We will have lots of work to share with families and friends at the event!

“Vrooooom, it made blue!”

Before art groups switched this week, Friday (Blue) groups had been trying different painting techniques with a variety of materials.  Last week, friends came into the Studio to find a basket of toy cars and trays of paint.  We set up some large pieces of paper and began experimenting with rolling the cars through paint and seeing what types of marks the wheels made.




Morgin: Look what’s happening… it’s turning into a rainbow.

Marley: Start your engines… we’re racing!

Gerlin: Vrooooom, it made blue!

Moses: There’s the tracks.  The paint shows the tracks.

After friends were finished rolling the cars through paint, they had to take them to the car wash!  We used a bucket of soapy water as our makeshift carwash and children scrubbed the cars clean when they were all finished.  I think friends enjoyed this just as much as they liked getting the cars dirty!



Morgin: My cars dirty.  Got to get it clean.  Wash the car and got it clean.  Oh… bubbles!

Sasha: We’re getting our cars clean!  My car can talk… it says, “I’m at a tea party with bubbles.”  My car is filthy.

Moses: Put them in the carwash?  That’s funny. Ms.Cushner.

Amberly: Clean at carwash.