Please Don't Eat the Artwork



Popsicles and Painted Paper

This past week First Graders have been working on color mixing. We had a magic show where I showed them how PRIMARY COLORS mix to make all of the other colors.

What does a magician need to do magic? A Hat! A magic wand! As an artist, my paintbrush is my magic wand.


We say the magic words all together “Abracadabra Please and Thank You!” We watch in awe as red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green, and red and blue make purple. When I ask “what do you think will happen when all of the colors mix together?” I get answers ranging from black and brown to pink, sparkles, and even rainbow! The kids absolutely love the magic show 🙂

After some color mixing magic, we talk about TINTS and SHADES (mixing white and black into colors.) Then the real fun begins. Each student gets a white piece of paper and a combination of 2 or 3 colors (“you get what you get and you don’t get upset!”) and they make their own color mixing magic.

After they fill their whole paper up with a new color, they use paint scrapers to create TEXTURE. I had ordered some that are made out of plastic and I also made my own from cardstock. The painted paper came out gorgeous! Here are a few on the drying rack with the cardstock paint scrapers.

After tables are scrubbed and hands are washed, we gather on the carpet to read “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle. We talk about how Eric Carle is an artist who uses textured painted paper to illustrate his books. The story is great because the kids get to move around a bit and act like animals (in a good way!)



Next week we will use our painted paper to make dragons!

This afternoon I made Value Popsicles. These will be use for upcoming 3rd and 4th grade projects which deal with VALUE and MONOCHROMATIC  color schemes. Each table will get a set and work together to put the popsicles in a value scale  going from lightest to darkest. There are dabs of paint on the sticks to show how much color and black/white was used to make each shade. I am hoping to use these for reference when students are trying to achieve a particular hue when mixing colors. They can just look at the popsicles to see how much of what makes what color. They came out pretty cool.


3rd, 4th, and 5th are finishing projects this week, I will post pictures soon!