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Re: Multicultural skin tone colors

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Donna Janeczko (redhen)
Sun, 14 Mar 1999 07:22:17 -0500

Speaking of "multicultural skin tones": One of the most memorable and
successful Elementary lessons I devised was Self Portraits/Color Mixing,
using tempera paint on manila paper.

This is usually of interest to 3rd graders and up (IMO) who are concerned
about getting more naturalism into their paintings. First Class Session:
the initial (big) chalk self portrait drawings were on the manila -- making
use of mirrors and much talk about individual characteristics. Second Class
Session: Tempera paint was set out with individual Styrofoam egg cartons
for each student. Only the primary colors and double sections of black and
white were supplied. Five sections were empty. Before beginning painting
students mixed secondary colors they wanted to use and "flesh color". A
basic formula for "flesh" was given -- warm color tints plus brown (dark
orange = black and orange). Tints, Shades, and Tones were reviewed. By
varying the amounts and adding small amounts of cool colors, students could
achieve what they wanted. Besides all the color learning and application,
there was an understanding that everyone's skin color is basically the same,
only on a color continuum. No preaching needed.

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