To begin our study on the wonderful world of color, Kindergarten students watched OKGO's fabulous music video below.
After watching this, students used watercolor paints to paint their own color wheel. It was pretty magical having them begin with the primary colors: blue, red and yellow and then mixing them to create secondary colors: orange, green and purple. The excited sounds the Kinders made when mixing yellow and blue together and realizing that they actually made green--priceless.
To begin their color wheel flowers, each student had six sheets of rectangular paper which they used oil pastels of the six primary and secondary colors to draw textures. Then they used watercolor paints to cover the drawings with paints. They were so happy when the oil pastels showed through the paint-this is the oil and water resist method.
After the six paintings dried, students folded their paper in half "hot dog style" and cut out symmetrical petal shapes. These look somewhat like footballs. After glueing a long green stem on the paper, the Kinders arranged their petals into a color wheel pattern and glued them down. With the remaining time, students used construction paper crayons to create fun, colorful backgrounds.