“I used all the colors and it made “rotten sandwiches in the trash can” color. Like garbage.”

Last week, children learned about mixing tints and shades by adding white and black to their paint palette.  We began by reading Mix It Up by Herve Tullet, a really sweet gift that Ms.Morris picked up for me at the National Book Fair last Fall!

This was such a fun book to read because it’s hands on and everyone was able to participate in changing the colors throughout the book.  Friends thought it was magical and continuously checked their fingers to see if the paint really left the page and was on their hands.

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Amie: That book is so magical!

Connor: I have magical powers… I made all the dots disappear!

Luca: That book is terrific.

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Next, friends began mixing their own tints and shades.  As they worked, they continued to make connections between new colors and objects of importance in their lives.

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Declan: I made dark green.  I mixed blue, yellow and black for that!

Elijah: I’m making a color with the Washington flag colors.  Red and white made pink.

Dayana: I made my grey darker with black.  To make it lighter, I can try white.

Julian: Mixing with black makes it look like a shadow.

Amie: I made dark pink with red and a little white.  Now I’m really happy!

Jax: I made a new color with black and white.  I like this color.  It’s my favorite… grey!

Ahmari: I’m doing it… I’m doing it… I’m making pink!

Marcus: Yellow and red make orange.  White made it lighter.  How could that be?

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Isaac: How do I mix a metallic color because that would be so awesome!

Africa Grace: I made light green with blue, yellow and a lot of white.  No black.

Mina: I mixed a little bit of yellow in the black and it looks green.  Dark green.

Avery: I’m taking my time mixing these new colors.  I’m so busy.  This is the color of mud!

Hera: I used yellow and blue to make this color.  It’s green.

Cesar: I’m making colors more darker with black.

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Theo: I want to try to make grey.  All kinds of grays.

Naila: My pink looks like raspberry, Bella’s pink looks like strawberry and Mason’s pink looks like pink cupcakes.

Anders: I used all the colors and it made “rotten sandwiches in the trash can” color.  Like garbage.

Bella: This color is perfect! I love it, it’s so pretty! I made purple, but it’s not the same as Lizzie’s.  Mine is more lighter.

Drew: If I put a little bit of black here, it will make it darker, I think.  Wow!  That’s so cool, it’s so slick!  That means it’s so so cool!

Cesar: I didn’t know I could do magic.  I made golden!  How did I make that? I guess it was just the magic?

Sammy: Luca, that green looks nice!  It looks like spinach.

Julian: I like this color.  It looks like a bumblebee color.

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Elizabeth: I made a color called “dog waste.”

Nazeer: I made light blue with a lot of white and a little blue.

Adele: I have a plan.  I’ll mix some white with red.  Let’s see what happens… I mixed pink!  Light pink like Uhura’s sweater.

Christian: My hands are hurting from all this mixing.

Luca: The white is making it lighter.  Boom!  I made broccoli green! I want to eat the paper it looks so yummy.

Mateo: Black and white makes grey.  That’s almost like silver.

Leba: Looks like the color of candy… yum!

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Briana: I made brown by using all the colors.  I thought it would do that!

“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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!