I always explain to my students that they might get confused between science
class and art class, and I explain the difference between mixing light and
mixing pigments. I use a prism and solid pigments or even food coloring. My
suggestion would be that you approach this teacher with an idea for either
an integrated lesson or, ask him about the possibility of coming to your
class to explain about light while you go to his to explain about pigment.
It's possible that his fear and ignorance are what are causing him to behave
this way. Good luck. Linda in NC
From: Betty Bowen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 12:49 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: color theory
Yesterday and today I have had several students come to my class telling me
of our science teachers told them I "didn't know what (she) was talking
re: color. They also told me he uses a high squawky Ms. Bowen voice with an
English accent (???).
Although I do teach red yelow and blue as primaries, I also tell them about
process colors, and we use process colors for beginning watercolor, so they
KNOW from hands on experience that CM&Y Do Not Make Black as he says it
and that they don't make all the colors they want.
I spend quite a bit of time on how the pigments we have available for paints
are not pure hues, that all paint available favors one side or the other,
demonstrate color mixing in ways that show that.
My 6th graders do an extensive color chart using Red orange yellow green
violet black white grey brown cyan magenta and if they want, sargent
gold. It ends up 13" square and is like a multiplication table. This way
experience all the 2-part color combinations available in my classroom. I
explain to them that mixing colors with pigment is different than mixing
with projected light.
So, personal and professionalism issues aside, (sort of) any advice? Should
ignore this? He's telling them it is all my "fault" they are confused and
aren't understanding his lesson. I know one boy has spoken up and complained
his class about the squawky voice he's using to quote me.