Our Red Roomers are becoming experienced mural makers. Working on large scale collaborative art pieces gives them the opportunity to participate in a sustained creative progression which develops and deepens over time. Their latest piece incorporates several different stages and techniques employed to layer and reveal color.
We began the first layer of the mural with two primary colors, blue and yellow. After painting freely for a period of time, we asked the children what colors they now observed. The blue and yellow paint had mixed in varying degrees to form a new color. Many noticed that the mural now contained green.
After a few days the paper was nicely coated with swirling brush strokes in many shades of moss, grass green, viridian and teal.
The next time the children came to the easel, they discovered that sections of the green painting had been covered in long verticle strips of white paper.
We traded the yellow paints in for magenta. Now there were containers of blue and magenta to paint with. The children eagerly covered the strips of white paper and the exposed green layer, with swathes of magenta and blue. As they worked, we asked them to observe what was happening and how the colors changed when the magenta and blue mixed together. They soon noticed a new color had emerged: Purple!
At Circle Time, Sara held the mural up in front of the children and asked them what they saw.
Max: “It’s paper, (we made it) at the art table”
Enzo: “At the easel.”
Eben: “That’s paint. Pink, blue, green.”
Evan C: “On the blue, it’s long purple behind the light blue.”
The final part of the process was to remove the strips of paper which were no longer visible, because they were covered in shades of purple paint.
The children took turns pulling off the strips of paper. When we finally removed all the masked off areas, they were delighted and very surprised to see how their painting had transformed, revealing new shapes and fields of color, suggesting a forest, in contrasting stripes of purple and green.