Art in the Open Learning Programme

A further activity which can be used to develop colour mixing skills is a 'Continue the Painting' activity.

Print out images of art works from the Ben Uri teaching packs. Cut these pictures in half, or into smaller sections, and stick on to a large sheet of cartridge paper (1 image section per sheet). Pupils must then continue the drawing, to complete the picture and fill the whole page. (This is also a great starting point for literacy as pupils must invent the rest of the picture/story)

Once drawn, pupils can paint it in, trying to match colours to the colours in the painting.

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Now that pupils understand the basic colour wheel, they can create paintings using colour opposites. Fruit and Vegetables make excellent starting points for this.

Prepare a variety of brightly coloured cut fruits and vegetables. Choose items that represent the colours on the colour wheel, for example, yellow lemons, red peppers, purple red onions. Pupils must make a painting of their chosen vegetable (only one each).

Colour opposites can be used to create shading on their painting. For example, if you are trying to create darker shades of red in order to paint a red pepper, mixing a small amount of the opposite colour (green) into the red, will create a darker shade. If you are making a painting of a lemon, mixing a small amount of purple into the yellow paint, will create a darker shade. This is one way to use colour opposites in painting and is so much more effective then adding black to darken.

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