Second graders are continuing to work on their Crazy Critters. This week we’re using tempera to paint our critters. Students I taught last year may remember mixing primary and secondary colors, but we made a color mixing chart to refresh our memories. Students also learned a new concept: tints and shades. A tint is any color plus white, and a shade is any color plus black. Sometimes a tint or shade doesn’t look like what one would expect (yellow + black = …greenish!), so students were encouraged to use a scrap of paper to test their mixtures. Each table received red, yellow, blue, black, and white paints, and a mixing tray. We created many interesting colors today, including pink, periwinkle, sandy brown, army green, and “sunburn” (orangey-pink, ouch!).
Students also worked on their general craftsmanship with their paintings: making sure edges are dry to prevent unwanted smudges, selecting an appropriately-sized brush for the area being painted, and washing the brush between colors. Next week we will continue painting, and we will finish up with “detail work” — using colored pencils and Sharpies to add tiny details like whiskers and claws.