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Re: Project: Color Mixing

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Bunki Kramer (
Tue, 3 Aug 1999 11:56:14 -0700 (PDT)

>I came across your message of 2/13/99 about your favorite project
for mixing color. Problem: You say you have your students reproduce the
"missing area" after you've cut out the trapezoid approx. (1-1/2" by 2"). Could
you clarify on this part? Does this mean that your students actually spend
3-4 days trying to match this missing 1-1/2" by 2" cutout?
Thanks for the clarification!


Exactly. Sounds like alot of TIME working on such a little space, doesn't
it? I was surprised also the first time I did the project but each time the
kids have "gotten into" deep looking at the colors and trying to mix and
match using very small (OO or 0) brushes. This was with a class of 7th and
8th graders. Each time I had a few kids try to do it all in one 46 min.
class but once they saw others were taking so long, they started over and
really looked at the mixing like the others. I didn't have to say a word.
The room gets so quiet too. It's such a dyamite project to emphasize using
complementary colors to tone down a color.

Kids stapled their magazine picture at the top two corners to a piece of
9x12" white drawing paper and painted right on the paper. We kept the small
cutout connected to the work with large paperclips until finished and then
we glued the cutout underneath the magazine picture right next to the
painted area so you could see, when you lifted the paper, just how "exact"
it was done.

Taught this lesson to teachers also. One comic cutie put his up and
everyone was "oohing and aahing" over it. Wasn't even aware of the ruse
until someone noticed that it hadn't been cut...much less painted. We all
got such a giggle over it! Now I put a "trick" one up on the wall along
with some other finished student samples and the kids get a big charge out
of it too.

As the kids finish, I take down the samples and put theirs up. Kids so
enjoy looking at theirs and comparing with the rest of the works. Even kids
in other classes admire them.The samples help to show the kids just how
exact I would like for them to try to mix. It always amazes me how hard
they try...and how they like to paint so tiny. I like these kind of
surprises! Toodles......

Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526