The children's winter research has spurred a lot of discussion over the last few weeks. A few children shared their research during morning meeting, while others took part in small group discussions. While sharing, children talked about temperature (Was it warm or hot?) and the sky mostly (Was it cloudy or sunny?) Many of the children mentioned the wind as part of their discussions, so we began a studio experience by asking the children to "tell us about the colors of the wind" by mixing paints for the easel.
Cal and Seon thought about the wind at the different times of their days.
Cal: Maybe brown. It’s always orange and brown. When the sun sets, it’s orange.
Seon: The sunshine wind is yellow, dark yellow. The sunset wind is orange-red.
Cal: I need black and blue. Maybe black and then blue. It’s making….maybe….black now blue.
Seon: Black…squeeze tight.
Cal: That’s something I need. More black. Maybe add a little more blue now.
Seon added more blue: Hmm. Let me see.
Cal: That’s nighttime sky.
Seon: The nighttime wind is blue.
Whit and Mimi thought about how they could paint something that they couldn't see. They wondered about what colors they could create.
Whit: The wind is invisible. The invisible color. We need it to be white to paint wind.
Whit: It’s this kinda color (pointing to gray on the color wheel).
Mimi: It’s gold?
Whit: No, it’s gray. Invisible gray wind.
Ford and Charlton were inspired by the weather in different locations that they have visited.
Charlton: Regular wind is invisible wind. You can’t see it.
Ford: In Bethany (beach), it would be like white, but you can’t see it if it's only white. On a sunny day in Turks and Caicos, I see white.
Looking at the color wheel, Charlton looked at the color wheel: Turquoise!
Ford: Turquoise is Turks and Caicos wind.
Charlton: I want to make Florida wind. It looks bluish.
Ford: Gray blue.
Charlton: No, Florida wind is navy blue.
Ford: In my Florida and in Bethany (beach) the wind is gray blue.
Charlton: I got blue.
The two looked at the color wheel and found a color that they agreed was “Florida Blue.”
Charlton: I got blue.
Ford: I’m going to do black.
Charlton: What makes navy blue?
Ford: Now I’m going to do more black.
Charlton: Florida blue is basically navy blue.
Ellie and Seon took inspiration from the current weather conditions in the outdoor classroom.
Ellie: A gray wind on a rainy day.
Seon: It’s making gray. Ellie is mixing it.
Ellie: Lighter, right? Seon?
Seon: Darker. Because rain is black. Darker. Black is every different color.
Ellie: There we go. Wow. I mixing it. It’s making it even more gray. Darker and darker.
Seon: It looks dark to me.
Ellie: Rainy day. Darkest wind. A cold wind.
Bailee and Isabelle were inspired by the aftermath of storms that they had witnessed during their travels. Isabelle recalled a storm that knocked down the "pine tree forest" in Tennessee. Bailee reflected on the hurricane that "broke the beach" in Florida. Zari and Fay thought about storms and the puddles that they leave behind!
Bailee: I want to make purple thunder. Thunder wind is purple.
Karen: Can you find purple on the color wheel? Another name for purple is violet.
Karen: If we turn the color wheel it can help us make the color violet.
Isabelle: I got red.
Bailee: I got blue.
Isabelle to Bailee: You go first.
Bailee to Isabelle: Now, your turn. I wanna put more. blue. Thunder wind! Sometimes thunder wind is a different purple too! I need to put a little bit of red now.
Isabelle: I put a lot of red.
Zari: I don’t see the wind. I just feel it. The wind is green maybe because the leaves are green and sometime they never again get green.
Fay picked up the color wheel and pointed to blue violet.
Zari: Kinda stormy. That means it’s stormy outside so you don’t go outside.
Fay: In our backyard there is a puddle in it. It’s so big. We wear our raincoats and jump in it. It’s brown because of the big storm. Puddle brown.
Zari: The rain makes puddles. That’s why I like the rain.
Charlton and Ford entered the studio, curious about what Zari and Fay were creating.
Ford: What color are you making?
Fay: Puddle brown. Now (I need) yellow.
Charlton picked up the color wheel and turned it: And a little black.
Ford: A tiny dab dab (of black).
The Rainey Room Weather Palette...
We are looking forward to see the creations at the easel over the next few days with our exciting new palette of weather-inspired colors.