Calling all artists! Sara’s explorations of the colour wheel, through stories, projects, and imagination happen every Wednesday from 1 – 4pm
Patterns, colour mixes, and artistic flair will play a part in introducing the children to the array of beautiful colours that make up the world in which we live.
Having joined the staff at Buddings only earlier this year, I experienced my first-ever Halloween with the kids this fall – and it was glorious! (There are photos from the party on the blog.) The best thing about it for me was having the opportunity to plan all the spooky arts and crafts for Big Kids’ Club.
We had finished examining our primary colours in September, so for October, our Big Kids’ Club Colour Theory class, has moved on to secondary colours. The exciting thing about them is that secondary colours can be created by mixing together two different primary colours. For instance, many shades of purple can be created by mixing blues and reds in different concentrations.
I introduced the idea of mixing colours with a book called Mix It Up by Herve Tullet.
It was a fun one where each page would instruct the kids to turn the page upside down or shake it from left to right so that the colours would “mix”.
Shown here is a page from the book.
By the time we were done, the kids were pretty excited for the colour mixing project I had planned for them…
The coffee filters would absorb the food colouring, mixing and creating unpredictable shades.
Our finished product? The kids turned the coffee filters into beautiful sun-catcher galaxies! Check out the lovely colours when they catch the sunlight!
The kids painted lovely sunset skies with shades of orange, the perfect background for the spooky castle silhouettes that they glued over top.
Take a look at some of these scary landscapes!
Next up in BKC Colour Theory, we will be looking at complementary colours and how we can incorporate those into different art projects. Stay tuned!
Following hot on the heels of the story we read a couple weeks ago, The Day the Crayons Quit, came the sequel: The Day the Crayons Came Home. The story is told through a series of postcards sent home by various lost and forgotten crayons.
Pea Green Crayon, for instance, was left by the pool after being taken on holiday last year. He writes to tell us that he is beginning his long trek home. Furthermore, he is tired of being referred to as Pea Green Crayon because nobody likes peas. Instead, he has renamed himself Esteban the Magnificent!
Inspired by the crayons’ postcards, the children made some postcards of their own.
The color of the week was green, and so the postcards were constructed with different shades of green paper which the children decorated themselves with dinosaur stamps.
Some of the kids decided to write their postcards (with a bit of help, of course) to their moms.
Maksim, one of our regular Big Kids, decided to take on a new identity just like Pea Green Crayon: he wrote his postcard as Batman.
He decided to address it to his supposed arch nemesis, the Joker – quite a nice gesture from Mr Batman, I thought.
From his postcard:
I did something to you. I put Joker gas on you.
I am going to vacation in Antarctica.
While I definitely had some fun making postcards with our Big Kids, I was even more excited for our Purple Week art project where the kids made “stained glass” galaxies out of coffee filters. My goal for this project was to encourage them to experiment with some color mixing. Different saturations of blue and red food coloring will produce exciting different shades of purple, which were used to stain the coffee filters.
The great thing about this activity is that it is simple and allows the kids to learn by trying it themselves. The project piqued the curiosity of Emily, a little girl who is not quite old enough for Big Kids Club just yet. She joined in and made a beautiful piece of art to take home as well!
Stay tuned for some spooky Halloween-themed art projects next, inspired by the color orange!
The goal for Wednesday’s Big Kid’s Club this term is to explore the colour wheel and maybe learn a little about each colour on the wheel – different shades, their significance and, if it’s a secondary colour, how we can create them by mixing primary colours. Each week for the first couple of months will focus on a different colour on the wheel along with an exciting art project!
September has brought a new crew of Big Kids to our Club. Now that a lot of the BIG buddies have gone off to kindergarten, the toddlers are coming up! They’ve become my big kids for the afternoon.
To get them in an artsy, colour-appreciating mood, we read a book called The Day the Crayons Quit. The story is about a little boy named Duncan who loves colouring, only to find that his crayons have gone on strike.
Each crayon left him a letter detailing their dissatisfaction. Black Crayon, for instance, feels rejected when Duncan only uses him to draw outlines. On the other hand, poor Red Crayon feels overworked because Duncan loves nothing more than to draw massive fire trucks in full colour.
Fire trucks… speaking of which, next Wednesday is my Field Trip day for Big Kid’s Club! We will be giving our red crayons a rest to go see the real fire trucks down at Fire Hall 4. The kids will learn about the colour red in the context of emergency response as well as meet some of the firefighters on duty!
But back to this week… the day concluded with some colour mixing, looking at the number of different shades of blue you can create simply by adjusting the amount of white paint in the mix.
The plan was to create a monochrome colour palette by sponging all the different blues onto paper, but the kids had some ideas of their own…
The important thing, though, was that the kids got a peek at how versatile painting can be – even within the same colour… In addition to having fun, of course!
The Disney movie Pocahontas came out in the summer of 1995. I remember this because that same year my parents bought me a Pocahontas coloring book that I would carry around with me to preschool along with a fistful of ragged crayons. I loved it because it gave me the autonomy to create something of my own artistically, even though I couldn’t yet draw very well.
So when I was asked to plan something small and fun for the kids, I was excited to share my passion for art by setting up a coloring activity. The big kids at Buddings have been well-acquainted with dragons for some time now, reading dragon stories and making dragon sock puppets with Johanna. What could be better, I thought, than a coloring page featuring even more dragons? Armed with a black marker and some paper, I sat down to create some dragons.
As it turns out, I still couldn’t draw very well. Because when I proudly presented Lucie with her very own dragon, she said “Oh, look, it’s a unicorn!” Ouch. Fair enough – I suppose I could see her point. My dragon had a long horse-like snout and what I had intended to be a reptilian crest looked more like a mane. To her credit, Lucie didn’t put up a fight when I informed her that it was, in fact, a dragon. Like many other kids at Buddings, Lucie loved coloring but wasn’t really interested in being told which colors she had to use. Ignoring my suggestions, here is her lovely rendering:
Ava is another girl who participated in this activity. She gamely followed the color key provided on the picture, but with her own twist. Not content with selecting just one green crayon, she decided to use all the greens she could find! When I asked her why she chose to go this route, she explained that she didn’t want to use up any one shade of green in case there would be none left for the other children… Instead, she divided the burden between multiple shades. I thanked her for being so considerate. Here is her picture:
Moa is the third little girl who took part in the coloring. In contrast to Lucie and Ava, Moa consulted me on precisely which colors to use. I gave her the selections I had in mind, but told her to do whatever she liked. Here is the dragon that she colored so very prettily:
The thing I love about art is that it allows you to materialize whatever your imagination comes up with. It is a medium by which children can form, process and toy with new ideas and concepts. I am overjoyed to have had the chance to share this part of me with the kids, and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next time they take crayons to paper.