This incredibly simple painting project is one of my favorite new projects for kindergarten.
Step 1: Write names on craft brown paper. Draw shapes with pencil. Encourage the kinders to draw BIG shapes: this is hard for them. Connect the shapes with lines. Make lines that go to the edge of the paper.
Step 2: Paint over the pencil lines and shapes with black paint. Should we have waited a week for the black to dry...SURE...but did we? NO! If you have 2 thirty minute sessions, I would suggest saving the color for the 2nd session, letting the black dry. I have one 50 minute session each week with kindergarten so I'm always looking for an activity to last a while.
Step 3: While the paint is drying, demonstrate how to paint 1st with yellow. Try to pick the shape that is the most dry. Then (using the document camera), demonstrate how to mix a little red into an empty egg carton spot with yellow to make orange. Paint one shape orange, then paint one shape red. At that time, pass out the water cups. Put the brushes in the water (letting paint dry a little more).
Step 4: Demonstrate how to mix yellow and blue to make green. Paint one shape green. Then rinse, paint one shape blue. Rinse, and mix to make purple. Encourage students to paint with GREEN, then BLUE, and Purple last.
Step 5: Once students have finished with the secondary colors, add some white to palette, tell them to rinse out the brush really good, and add some white to one of the colors, watching it change to pink or a lighter version of the green. Paint the whole paper, if time allows.
The results are so sophisticated looking: I am so proud of how these turned out!