Mixing Paint for the Easel
Similar to when we mixed colors for the school’s birthday, children were presented with the primary colors of red, white and blue, along with white. The challenge at hand was to mix new colors to be used at the easel. Each child mixed their own color to contribute to an exciting new palette. The children worked cooperatively to share the primary colors as they watched the transformation of the original colors into new shades and hues.
Charlton: Ford, Can I have some red?
Ford: I going to do some more white. Now some more yellow.
Ramsey added red to the blue in his jar: It’s all red now.
Charlton: If you add more blue, it would explode.
Ford added more white to his yellow and began to stir: What?!?!?!?!?! It’s turning white!
Charlton: Ramsey, can I have the blue?
Ramsey handed Charlton the blue, who then added it to the red in his jar: Burgundy!
Ford handed the white paint to Ramsey: You can use the white, Ramsey. I not using it anymore.
Ramsey looked at the color he had mixed and then looked at Charlton's to compare: Burgundy. A different burgundy because it has different colors.
Ford was happy with the shade of yellow that he had mixed and decided to try mixing some other colors. He added blue to the red that he had initially put into his jar. He began to stir it: Purple! That’s why I did red, blue and white!
Bailee began by filling the bottom of her jar with yellow. Then she layered blue and yellow on top. She finished creating a bulls-eye-like pattern by placing a dollop of red last.
Bailee: I want white now!
Bailee stirred her colors together and watched as they mixed.
Bailee: I want the blue.
Mimi to Bailee: Can I have the white now?
As the colors mixed, Bailee marveled at the change.
Rawls looked into Bailee’s jar and declared: Mint green! Rawls set to work on mixing his colors and first added blue and yellow to his jar and then mixed: Look at my green!
Win: This mixing up! I want to see what happen!
Ramsey: Um, red and blue. Yellow, because there is so much yellow, blue and red.
Fay tilted her jar of paint to stir it: Look, I tilt it.
Ramsey continued to mix then looked into his jar thoughtfully: Look at mine!
Fay: Mine is getting fuller. Look inside mine. I need more yellow.
Bailee: I want yellow.
Fay: Mine is rainbowish!
Win mixed red and white and then stirred the mixture. She examined it closely and added more red. After mixing, she determined that she needed to add even more white. When she was content with her mixing, she held the jar up proudly:
I made it!
The Joy of Transformation!
Mixing paint to make new colors gave the children an opportunity to experience true awe and wonderment when the paints were transformed into new colors.
Cal: The yellow’s gone!
Mimi: I put white and yellow in here. But the green go away. I’m trying to take the green away. I put some blue, some red and some yellow.
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