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Colorful Collaboration

November 26, 2021 | Clara Buckley

Rivers Class children and teachers brought Autumn leaves to class, handled, noticed, and talked about them. One thing they noticed was color. There was brown, and then there was a different brown. There was one green, and a different kind of green. A leaf can be more than one color!

Could we mix together paint to match the colors from nature that we saw? It was a challenge.

After adding a color the paint needs to be mixed.  Shaking hard makes the best color.

What does the color look like? What shall we call it?

The children named their new colors: strawberry red, pineapple yellow, lime green, and pumpkin orange.

After creating our colors the children tried them out in a large collaborative painting at the studio easel.

Some students covered large areas with color, while others experimented with brushstrokes, creating lines and shapes.

Everyone added their brushstrokes on top of each others’. Some painting partners even painted in the same place, noticing they could continue blending new colors, even on the paper.

Clara Buckley

Preschool Art Specialist; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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