Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mixing Colors the Easy Way!!

You know how sometimes you just need a "no fuss" easy clean-up type of lesson? Well, here is a solution. I have seen several posts on-line where pre-schoolers use paint on the underside of a paper plate and make twist prints (like spin art). I love the results, but I just can't envision me doing that with 30 kids and just me!! So here is my easier alternative.
Bottle cap twist flowers with marker details
We'll be using my EXTENSIVE collection of bottle caps and regular old red, yellow and blue Crayola Watercolor Markers. For a lesson on mixing primary colors to make secondary colors, students will experiment drawing two areas of primary colors on the lid.
The next step is to lightly moisten the board or paper (I was using scraps of illustration board) with just your fingers in clean water.

A quick twist of the bottle cap makes a great print, mixing the two colors together. Imagine the "Ooohs and ahhhs" of little ones when they take a look at their print!!


The possibilities for compositions are pretty endless: abstract circles, a "hungry caterpillar" like Eric Carle's, wheels, balloons, flowers, etc, etc, ......

And, if you have back-to-back classes, the clean up is REALLY quick!!

Hope your summer is off to a GREAT start!!

11 comments:

  1. This reminds me of the book "The Dot" and would be a fun first day of art activity! Printmaking that is less messy is my friend!

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    1. This would be a fun project to do with "The Dot"!!

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  2. SO COOL!!! Great idea! So simple, but great! I am going to try this with my Kindergartens this year! Thanks for sharing this one! :)

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  3. What fun! I left my replacement with LOTS of bottlecaps to play with!

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  4. I LOVE THIS! EASY and FUN PROCESS :)

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    1. I don't know about "genius" but it is a fun thing to do!! I am sitting here thinking about playing around with other applications just because it is so darn easy to clean up!!!!! I may post if I come up with anything worthwhile:))

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  6. Creative idea! Will try this with my LO. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. super fun!!! going to try this.

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  8. Love this idea! Using a simple technique to create a quality image is very rewarding for children.

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  9. What a lovely and simple idea for get some really great prints. Good thinking.

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