Last Thursday we played with painted paper. This is a fun and easy (albeit messy) way to learn primary and secondary colors by mixing primaries and applying them to the paper. I took them through the steps of handling the paint brush and painting the paper. It was fun to see the differences in ages and personal preferences when it came to technique. Some kiddos liked the white of the paper to show through, while others did NOT. For our first sheet we laid down just the primary colors. My kindie and first graders were happy to lay down thick layers while my second and third graders were a bit more controlled with their layers.
We learned how to make secondary colors (orange, purple, and green) when we mixed our primary colors and painted our second sheet of paper. This was really fun to see the kids get excited when they watched the colors change. The youngsters painted a total of 34 papers! It was really fun.
As the pages were drying we transitioned classes and the 4th-6th grader got to decorate and make patterns with various tools that I left on the table. I loved seeing the creativity! This was a great first class because I saw kids working hard and asking questions and really taking a personal interest in what they were making.
Henri Matisse would similarly paint paper that he would use for his background on the paper collages or he would use these papers as the positive and negative space objects. Our next lesson will be just that. Our classes will be given the opportunity to trace patterns or freehand draw using the elements of shape method that I sent home(if you are missing that or would like a copy, email me I'll get it to you). I will provide demonstrations for both. We will apply the cutouts to our papers and to finish them off we will outline them using oil pastels.