Art Study of Red

Today, after we completed math, language arts and science we decided to do some art.

We have been doing a lot of yellow wet on wet watercolour.  Today the kids wanted to work with tempera paints… honest reaction – boooring… however, they were inspired, so I went with it.

I gave them each a disposable coffee cup lid with red, black and white.  I told them a very short story about a red leaf on an autumn tree as I demonstrated focused slow paint strokes, washing and wiping our paint brushes and let them paint beside me.  I also encouraged them to mix in varying amounts of white or black to achieve shade or brightness.

It was really exciting to watch each child paint at their own level.  Owen painted a lot lines and circles.  The middle  girls experimented with shade and brightness and colour.  Caleb painted a red barn scene set at night, and spent about two hours improving on his night sky.

 

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