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In this inexpensive lesson, students mix primary colors to paint a pumpkin scene on a rock
K, 5, 4, 2, 3, 1
Title – Mixing Primary Colors
By – Ramona Toledo
Primary Subject – Art
Grade Level – K – 5
- Clean, palm size rock for each student
- Paper plates (the inexpensive kind)
- Acrylic paints: red, blue, yellow and white
- Paper towels
- Cup of water for each student to clean brushes.
- to help students learn that primary colors of red, blue and yellow make secondary colors.
- to help students learn spatial concepts of “in front of” and “on top of”.
- to paint a rock with secondary colors as children explore using and mixing red with blue, blue with yellow, and red with yellow
- to make and paint a purple background, green grass and an orange pumpkin on the rock
Length: 20 minutes
- Have children put a 2-3 inch circle of red and a 2-3 inch circle of blue paint on the paper plate.
- Have the children mix the paints and paint the top half of their rock (purple).
- Next have the children mix blue and yellow for the grass and paint the lower half of the rock to meet the purple.
- The white is used to paint a fence for the pumpkins to sit against, or to sit on.
- The last things to paint are the pumpkins in front of the fence.
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