Charlie and Lena know their Primary and Secondary colors. Even though they’ve mastered this knowledge, we still revisit it on occasion to show them how they can use these colors in different ways to make artwork and reinforce the knowledge they already have.
Earlier this year we worked on Primary Color Abstracts. They were easy to make and the kids loved them. This idea was sparked from projects I did on my own as a kid. Do you remember drawing random squiggly lines all over a paper, then coloring them in in different ways?
That’s exactly what we did, only we limited the painting to primary colors. We did a another of secondary colors.
During this project we asked the girls what the primary colors were, then what the secondary colors were. We took the information a step further and asked them if they knew why each were classified in it’s respective group, which the girls understood. The primary colors are used to make the secondary colors. Then they told us which primary colors were mixed to make each of the secondary colors.
Next we talked about what an abstract art piece was. This was also a continuing conversation from earlier in the month when we visited the art museum and Charlie had questions about a couple different abstracts she found interesting.
I doodled out a couple of simple designs and let the girls pick which one they wanted, gave each some paint and let them create.
Here is one of the doodles I came up with.
Here’s is Lena’s primary color abstract. I love her style!
Charlie did a great job too!
I’ll be honest. I have no talent compared to these two. Mine was quite boring and lacked emotion. Coloring in the lines is overrated!
To paint these we used Crayola Washable Paints. They had decent color, but because they are washable they are water based, and we found them to be really thin. It took a lot of coats to get a bright color, and Charlie painted through the paper on one because she wanted the color brighter and used too much paint. These paints are great for some other projects, but for this one I feel the bright colors are important and next time we’ll probably use a tempera paint.
Have fun exploring with this style, it was a lot of fun and it was a good way to let the kids explore the different qualities of color without feeling like they had to paint something specific. When they get a bit older I plan on doing something with monochromatic colors and complimentary colors. Even something to demonstrate warm and cool colors would be great! Be creative!
Have you ever painted an abstract? Did you have a theme in mind when you did?