Color Mixing Challenge
This activity is very straightforward. The students are given a small amount of acrylic paint in the primary colors, plus white, and are told to mix 10 different shades of blue and green, 5 shades of red, 6 shades of brown and 4 shades of yellow. Each time they mix a new shade, they paint a sample of it on a circle on their paper. A pattern page with blank circles is provided for you (copy onto heavy card stock paper).
Target age group:
Purpose of activity:
to experiment with paint and discover color combinations that will make many different shades of the basic colors
copies of the pattern page printed onto heavy card stock paper, small paint brushes, paper towels, paper plates to use as palettes (or half-sheets of card stock), a bowl of water to rinse brushes, acrylic paints in these colors: red, blue, yellow, and white (NOTE: Try to purchase the most “true” colors you can– a royal blue, a true red, a medium yellow.) Time needed to complete activity: about 30 minutes (not including set-up and clean-up time)