Kindergarten created color monsters after reading Monsters Love Color by Mike Austin. I put the primary color paints in their hands and they squished their hands together to make the secondary colors. It was a fun,messy way to learn about the primary and secondary colors.
The first graders created color critters after reading Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. They traced three big circles which would be painted with the primary colors and then traced three small circles. The small circles were painted with the secondary colors that the students mixed themselves. Lastly, they added details to turn their circles into critters.
The third graders learned about the Ndbele people of Southern Africa and how the women create these beautiful geometric designs all over the outside walls of their homes. The students created their own Ndbele inspired paintings using only the traditional colors.