In a previous blog post we introduced our current work - mixing our favorite colors. In addition to focusing on developing self-awareness through identifying preferences, mixing paints highlights the importance and value of research, process and free experimentation. The children's explorations include, without limitation, creating and testing hypothesis, color theory, and trial and error. We would like to highlight the variety of approaches and learning through the following examples.
properties of color
color of light / color of paint
This example highlights the importance of the process and exploration and the impact in can have on children's learning. During the color mixing process we created paint swatches that show the details and variations of the progress.
While Bea created her second "favorite color" she explored the properties of light and color and their differences. She first drew on previous experiences ("The sun makes things lighter") and applied this knowledge to the current situation while also associating light, here sunlight, with a certain color, yellow ("The sun! I need yellow"). This process showcases Bea creating and testing a hypothesis. After evaluating the results, which proved her hypothesis to be wrong ("No! Darker!"), she compared her knowledge of light with her knowledge of paint and pointed out distinct differences ("The sun makes THINGS lighter" - "White makes PAINT lighter").