Monday, February 10, 2014

Exploring Warm and Cool Colors in Fall

Fall Leaves and Cool Skies

During our months of November and December second grade students at Mill Brook, asked themselves the question "Can colors be cool or warm?" Okay, maybe as the teacher, I asked our students this question, but they came up with some very interesting answers. After thinking about which colors would be cool, students used paint and sponge painted cool colored skies with white accents.

Then students thought about what colors might be warm. After learning about the warm colors of red, yellow and orange students created fall leaves using these colors. There were a couple different ways that students could create their leaves. In one method students did leaf rubbings, with leaves brought in from the outside. In another method, students traced the outside shape of fake leaves and colored them. And then some students decided that they just wanted to draw their own leaves.

After creating their leaves and letting their cool skies dry, students then set out to put all these pieces together. First students cut or tore a brown piece of paper to create a tree. This tree was then glued to the painted paper. Students then cut out their leaves and arranged them on the trees to create these beautiful works art!

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