Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Oct6_ColorMixingI was surprised to discover when we were making fall cookies that Anna couldn’t tell me what colors need to be mixed to make orange. It’s funny what her brain retains and what it lets go. Enter real ziplock bags – an amazing invention that can withstand mangling of a young child without breaking or seeping paint. Same cannot be said about the bags pretending to be ziplock bags. I asked Anna to predict what she has to do to make orange, purple and green. She was right only on green. She “reasoned” purple later after discovering that her initial prediction of red and yellow was incorrect. Yes, she was very surprised when she made orange in her second bag and not purple. She also wanted to make Oct6_Painting pink and after some thinking was able to predict that it will be the result of mixing white and red. This activity gave us another opportunity to talk about primary colors and how they mix to make all the other colors except white. Then of course we opened up the bags and painted. The most colorful painting was on Anna’s hands. When she paints, she usually prefers to stay in the same color on the page and just observe the color. Incidentally she Oct6_Splatter discovered splatter painting while cleaning her brush, and I told her briefly about famous American artist (Jackson Pollock) who was famous for creating huge canvases with drips and splashes of paint. I didn’t want to create a huge mess in the kitchen, so we might do an additional drip painting project outside. This splatter painting project from Pink and Green Mama is very inspirational. We might also make more “painting in the bag” using this marbled painting technique from brilliant Valerie at Frugal Family Fun.
I am linking this post to Kids Get Crafty hosted by Red Ted Art and to Artists and Art hosted by Adventures of Bear.

11 comments:

Kim said...

Crumpet cannot seem to remember which colors mix to make other colors. I think he just doesn't care. I love the look of that marbled painting - we'll have to try it!

RedTedArt said...

She may have "forgotten" how to mix orange, but am sure she enjoyed re-learning it! Watching colours mix really is quite amazing (well, I think so anyway..)

I keep meaning to have a go "spray painting" too... but haven't quite yet dare too.. maybe in the bath???

Thanks for linking up to Kids Get Crafty too and leaving your comment too very much appreciated! Glad you will be "more positive" about your skills now too! Don't underestimate yourself either!! Bet you are better than you think!

Maggy x

Christy said...

Mixing colors is a frequently requested activity in our house. WE do it a lot with play dough, shaving cream and food coloring, paint, and whatever else we have on hand.

Anna looks very happy painting!

Real ziploc bags are so much better than the impostors.

Infant Bibliophile said...

My son, who memorizes ridiculous amounts of information, never gets the color mixing right either. I haven't pushed it (hardly seems important in the grand scheme of things), but I agree that it is funny what they retain. I keep thinking we'll do a Jackson Pollock painting project sometime too. When our guy was very little, we'd let him play on jacksonpollock.org sometimes.

Ticia said...

There are some things that real ziplocs just have to be used for. Imposters are good for food, but not for crafts :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is a wonderful way to explore and learn about colors.

MaryAnne said...

Emma can't remember how to count past 10 (well, 12 these days), but mixing colors is one thing she knows - I think I have an artist daughter...

And yes, sometimes the real ziploc bags are the way to go!

Aging Mommy said...

Great experimentation. Whenever we do finger painting and my daughter gets very carried away with the amount of paint relative to paper everything always ends up brown :-)

The girl who painted trees said...

Thank you for linking up. After seeing your post, I think I will buy some real Ziploc bags and try this with Bear. We did Pollock style paintings over the summer and we still have paint on our patio from the experience!

Debbie said...

I remember reading this post but I guess I did not comment. I got to thinking about this today as to if Selena understood this concept. While she was in the bath I pulled out the bath paints. We've done a lot with colors and mixing, but I didn't know if I had really covered the concept of it. I was surprised she was able to tell me exactly what colors she needed to make all the different colors. I hope to do something on paper this week, since I didn't want to take bathtub pictures. Anyway I love your approach with teaching Anna this concept!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

This is a great project Natalie. Thanks for the links too. We are working on a large canvas project right now--actually for a few weeks. I need to get it finished up!