One of the things I do is to give them oil pastels to use first. I ask
them to draw shapes and use a different color in each area. Then they put
a watercolor wash over it. I give them mixing trays so they can create new
colors in the trays and use those colors over the oil pastel as a resist.
This prevents mud from mixing directly on the paper. They love using the
mixing trays and excitedly report the colors they're making. I reinforce
it by asking if they remember how they made the color - what colors did
they use and it helps lead into rudimentary color mixing demos.
On Wed, 26 Feb 1997, Melissa Enderle wrote:
> I have been doing some painting projects with 4 year old students. I
> believe in letting these youngsters explore and manipulate materials, but
> have found that their kinesthetic tendencies have resulted in some
> interesting colors. They start off with some great color mixing and
> painting, but then begin to obliterate it with more colors, proceeding in
> mixing everything together. Today I gave them three colors all from the
> same color family. While limited, it seemed to work.
> How can I get the students (I have them for 50 minutes) to refrain from
> turning their painted areas to mud? Or should I keep my hands off, since
> they don't seem to mind?
> Melissa Enderle