2nd graders learned how to mix tints during this painting project.
To get started, students each got to select a color of construction paper for their background color. I had all of the colors of the rainbow available (plus pink). After selection their background color, they had about 5 different paint colors to choose from as well. The paint color was what the would be mixing with white.
I demonstrated how to paint three concentric circles of paint by starting with white and painting three dots spread out on the paper. Next they took just a tiny bit of the other color on their paintbrush, mixed it completely with the white and used that new color to paint a circle around the white. This process continued until the circles were so big that they started to overlap.
I was impressed with how focused the students were on this process. They were determined and in the zone. Another proud teacher moment for sure.
I showed them how to paint a tree silhouette by starting with a big thick line in the middle of the paper, and adding branches that reach up and out. The students, again, loved this step of the process as well.
This was such a fun and successful project and only took two class periods!