Friday, July 30, 2010

Art for Young Children: Color Shades and Labeling

Once your child has mastered the basics of color name and color association for the primary and secondary colors, he or she can begin work with shades of color.

Prepare crayons and paper on a tray.

Show your child that a single color of crayon can be used to create a wide swath of shade by taking the paper off the crayon and rubbing the side of the crayon on the paper. This allows your child to experiment with making the visual effects of shading while developing hand and wrist control as he or she holds the crayon with an alternate grip.

Labeling the shades of color is optional. If your child has worked with the 3rd Color Tablet box, go ahead and introduce labeling using these terms he or she already knows from the presentation.

Photo and presentation credit: Apple Ridge Montessori School

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