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Coloring The Seasons

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Coloring the Seasons

Coloring the Seasons – we used my son’s hand outline to create the base for each season

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Target Vocabulary: art, bright, color, complementary, cool, feeling, hue, nature, pastel, primary, season, secondary, shade, warm

Recommended Books:

  • Nature’s Paintbox: A Gallery of Seasonal Art and Verse by Patricia Thomas
  • Red Sings From The Treetops: A Year In Colors by Joyce Sidman
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Main Lesson:

With the recent change in seasons, I facilitated a lesson on the colors of nature based on the seasons. The goal was to discuss how colors are reflected in nature and art when discussing the various seasons. For instance:

  • Spring ~ a season where pastels or light colors are common
  • Summer ~ a season where bright colors are common
  • Autumn ~ a season where warm colors are common (yellow, orange, red, brown)
  • Winter ~ a season where cool colors are common (white, grey, blue, violet)

Additionally, I expanded on how colors reflect emotions/feelings. The art activity above helped my son understand the various colors common to each season. I traced his hand print as the base for each season and after the lesson, asked him to draw a scene for each season reflecting the colors and themes common to it. For Spring he created a garden theme; Summer was the 4th of July; Autumn was a leaf; and Winter was a mitten. It was an effective way to assess how well he understood the lesson and it also gave him an opportunity to express the feelings he associates with the seasons in an artistic way.

Other themes you can use with this type of lesson include:

  • Color Wheel ~ you can discuss the seven colors in light, as discovered by Sir Isaac Newton: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (the Rainbow)
  • Primary and Secondary Colors ~ how combining primary colors create secondary colors
  • Complementary Colors in Art ~ colors opposite each other on the color wheel
  • Hues and Shades ~ define what these mean (a great way to offer a visual is to go to any home improvement store and pick up a few strips or cards of paint shades for various colors to show how a color can have different shades from light to dark)

Songs & Poems: Color Themed


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This entry was posted on October 1, 2013 by in Art & Crafts, Nature, Science and tagged , , , .
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