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Creating Color

November 11, 2020 | Clara Buckley

After collecting items from nature during our daily time in the park, Rivers class children brought them to class, handled, observed, and talked about them. One thing they noticed was color. There was brown, red, and reddish-brown. Green, yellow, and yellowy-green. 

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

Working in pairs, the children looked at paint colors we already have. They agreed on which colors seemed close to their leaf color. 

After adding a color, the paint needs to be mixed.

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

The children named their colors Bright Orange, Ginkgo Green, and Leaf Red.

After creating our colors, the children tried them out…

..and noticed that they could continue blending new colors, even on the paper!

Clara Buckley

Teacher, Rivers Class; 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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