Complementary Color Turtles
Children will learn about complementary colors and color mixing as they create paintings with turtles as the theme.
By Alexa [Alexa is a teacher and artist from Bucharest, Romania.]
Little ones will learn about complementary colors (red-green) and color mixing. Complementary colours are colours that that are opposite one another on the colour wheel – for example: red and green, yellow and violet, blue and orange.
What You Need:
- white paper
- paint (primary colors)
- paint brushes
- colored construction paper (red and green, or blue and orange, or yellow and violet)
- example of a color wheel (optional)
What You Do:
- Review color mixing (red + yellow = orange; blue + red = purple; blue + yellow = green)
- Cut turtles out of the green and red paper (do this ahead of time).
- Talk about complementary colors and show children how complements are across from one another on the color wheel (ie: red and green; blue and orange; purple and yellow).
- Give each child a piece of paper – ask them to paint the background using green (they will mix this using blue and yellow) and red.
- When the paint has dried, help them glue the little turtle (red or green, their choice) onto their paper.
- Ask them to decorate the turtle’s back by adding small points or spots.