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Re: Question on Teaching Color Mixing for skin


From: Carolyn Roberts (croberts18_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Nov 17 2004 - 13:35:59 PST

I love having my students paint skin colors...I tell them that everyone's
skin color is made from the same, yellow, blue, and white (mine
don't get to use black)...the difference comes in how much of each color
they use.

> One of my favorite color mixing/matching exercises is to have students
> mix and match the color of their skin. Then I give them the challenge
> to match a certain part of their skin.... either their arm or the top of
> their hand. At the end of the given amount of time we look to see how
> close everyone got. Students are generally amazed at what colors it
> to get their skin color. It works best if you have lots of skin diversity
> in your classroom. Typically my African-American students are amazed at
> how little black is in their skin color and Caucasian students are equally
> surprised at how far from white they are. Everyone is amazed at all the
> colors it takes to get close. . lia