This week we're exploring all the colors of the rainbow!  Each of our projects goes along with a different color - red, blue, yellow, purple, orange and green.  

One of our favorite things to do in the studio is to show a child how to mix paint colors.  The look on their face when they see yellow and red make orange for the first time is so fun to watch!  So, a few of our projects this week will show kids how to mix colors and others will simply let kids explore various hues, shades, tints and textures of the same color. 

Storytime & Craft - Green

We are reading the book Green, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and exploring making art with different shades and textures of the color Green.  We rounded up all the green materials we could find in our studio - everything from paint to markers to recycled materials and more!

Blue - Collage

This project was inspired by the art of Texas/Mexico based artist Xochi Solis.  You can check out more of her work here.  We encourage kids to find as many different patterns & shades of blue as they can find around the studio.  Kids can also paint their own paper to collage with.  They then cut shapes organically & collage with a glue stick.

Orange

For this project, we set out yellow paint, red paint & some old hotel key cards.  Kids dip the card in yellow and scrape it across the paper.  Next, they dip the card in red & scrape it across the paper.  Continue to scrape the two colors together until the whole paper is covered & the color orange is created.

Red

We gave the kids assorted red art materials - paper, markers, paint, oil pastels, crayons, colored pencils & markers.  Kids are encouraged to play with materials to create a mixed media pattern.

Purple

We love liquid watercolors.  We gave the kids a cup of red, a cup of blue, a few brushes, some salt & some watercolor paper.  Kids can experiment with wet on wet watercolor technique or paint on dry paper.  Kids layer the red & blue paint and watch purple being made.  While paint is wet, salt can be sprinkled on top.  The salt absorbs the water.  Once the paint is dry, the salt can be brushed off to form fun textures and patterns.

Yellow - Blind Contour Drawings

Blind contour drawings are a fun exercise for artists of all ages.  Kids seem to have a lot of fun with this. The idea is to have the kids look at something and draw it without looking at their paper and without picking up their pen.  We've witnessed a lot of giggling with kids drawing each other.   For our yellow station, kids drew with either a yellow Sharpie, crayon or oil pastel.  They can then dip a yellow watercolor wash on top for the background.  

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