First Graders practiced mixing paint to make different colors. First we looked at these paintings by Paul Cezanne:
We noticed that there is more than one orange, one green, or one purple in these paintings. First graders then experimented with primary colors, seeing how many different colors they can make. I have three first grade classes, so each class worked on a different secondary color. When the paint dried we cut out each color and named it. These are some of the names the kids came up with:
Orange: peach smoothie, strawberry soap, egg yolk, yummm peach, pot of gold
Green: seasick, mermaid tail, potion, ocean hawk, venom, flower stem, ocean seaweed
Purple: wizard hat, metal ghost, light saber, surf board, bruise, cotton cape, disco
I then had kids map out the colors on a large foam board. For example, for green I put post-it's on the edges that said, 'yellowish', 'blueish', 'lighter' and 'darker'. The kids came up and decided where on the spectrum their color fell.