Colors are all around us, all the time. Color is so important that, in the Hindu religion, there is a whole festival dedicated to it! But have you ever thought about where color comes from or why it matters so much to us? Did you know that colors can shape our moods, affect our sense of taste, and even help keep us safe? Today you’ll learn more about color, how it’s used, and how you can create your own watercolors using materials at home.
Ask About Today
What did you learn about color today? What colorful places do you want to go visit some day?
If each of us had to pick a color to represent the way we are feeling today, what would that be and why?
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Before you try making your own watercolor paints with everyday materials at your house, let's spend some time learning about the colors around us and why they’re important. Color is an element of art that can grab our attention, make us feel certain emotions, and create a unique visual experience. Grab the color wheel and let's go for a tour.
The Element of Color
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The Effect of Color
Color is everywhere in our world, and it sometimes shapes our lives in ways we don't fully understand. How do different colors effect our moods or behaviors? Why does red mean "stop" and green means "go"? Find out in this video from PBS.
A Celebration of Color
Did you know you can make watercolors at home? All you need is water, containers, a spoon, and colorful spices or fruit!
Intro to Spice Painting
Check out this video by the Art of Education University to see how they test some spice watercolors and then allow them to blend together when they paint their leaf!
Make Your Own Watercolors
Start by finding some colorful spices around your home. Some ideas are tumeric, beetroot powder, and paprika. Cocoa powder, coffee grounds, and tea bags can also work. No spices? Raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries are great, too—just mash a few up and use the juice.
Add some of the spice to a tablespoon of warm water in a small bowl or container, then mix it to see how the colors look. The more spice or juice, the darker the color.
Now you're ready to do some painting! Grab a sheet of paper and a paintbrush or q-tip and try out your colors. Practice mixing colors together or layering colors to make certain sections darker.
Be kind: This one can get a little messy. Do it in the kitchen or outside, and clean up after yourself!
Do the Color Wheel Dance
Remember when you learned that colors can spark certain emotions? Try to create a dance the shows the emotion you feel when you see each of the different colors on the color wheel. Think about how the way you move your body also shows emotion. For example, a color that makes you feel calm might have slower, smoother movements where as a color that makes you feel excited might have faster, sharper movements.
Done Dancing? Do Some Rainbow Yoga
A rainbow includes every color in the visible spectrum. By the time you're done with this series of yoga exercises, you may have tried just about every yoga pose, too!