When we study continents, animals, and plants, we always find a way to connect to the material sensorially. In the Primary Montessori classroom, incorporating art into these other scientific areas of study helps children relate to the material on another level. We trace animals and paint them using watercolors, we create continent maps using markers, colored pencils and liquid watercolors, we use tempera paint sticks to paint the landscapes of different places we study. Last week, children used play dough of different colors to create the layers of the Earth, cut it in half, and see how a globe transforms into a flat map. In art, Ms. Sara showed us how to use watercolor pencils to replicate the beautiful inside of geodes.
But what about all these beautiful colors we use? How do THEY come to be? We have been dappling in color mixing all year – through simple, open-ended primary color mixing using a mini ice cube tray, combining ground chalk and salt to see what colors come of it, and by the natural exploration of what color our paint water turns! This week, we introduced a very careful and methodical way of color mixing – our color mixing wheel! Children very carefully apply droplets of water on the specified spots, mix each area together, and lay a paper towel over top. Before you know it – we’ve created a beautiful color wheel! You may be getting a lot of paper towels at home in your child’s folders – this is why!
Check out this sped-up demo!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Marissa & Sue