This coming month I am using our Art Center to combine a few of my greatest loves: child-led process art, hands-on exploration of color mixing and children's book extension activities. One of my very favorite pieces of children's literature about art is Leo Lionni's little blue and little yellow. In fact, we've done a couple of story stretcher activities with this particular book over the years. You can read about them here and here.
As I build upon exploring colors in isolation and mixing primary colors, and as S's preschool class will be focusing on the third of the primary colors, blue in November, this was the perfect time to turn our Art Center into an invitation to play and create about blue and yellow. I wanted the area to be mostly child-led, although I may take out certain materials to demonstrate or use with S (and Y as appropriate) since they are new. Here's a peek at our Art & Writing Center now--but if you see S and Y next week, shhhhh don't tell them, it's a surprise!
|I love integrating children's literature into an art and writing center. Sometimes I might set out a small basket or collection of relevant books and at other times, one book says it all, like Leo Lionni's little blue and little yellow. For some great ideas of children's literature about art, check out these suggestions at Mini Monets and Mommies and Art is Basic. Many of the books are available in our library system and perhaps in yours as well. Alongside the book, I placed two disposable clear plastic shot glasses. On one, I used permanent marker to draw a blue circle and on the other, I did the same with yellow. Over-top one another, you can actually see how green is formed. This is such a fun, hands-on way that even very little ones can explore mixing colors alongside the book.|
|I've kept a set of yellow and blue drawing and writing materials out in addition to a stock (not pictured) of white paper.|
|Overlapped, children can observe how shades darken and how colors mix...|