|This was Syd's introduction to the protractor!|
Fortunately, it's quite simple to make a color wheel using a compass, protractor, and ruler:
- Use the compass to draw a circle as large as the paper will support.
- Use the center point to help you draw a line straight through the circle with the ruler.
- Use the protractor to mark a 90-degree angle from this line, also at the center of the circle. Use the ruler to draw the line.
- Again using the protractor, mark a 45-degree angle in the middle of each 90-degree angle. Use the ruler to draw the lines.
Our Christmas tree is still hanging around--now it's outside on the brush pile, but it nevertheless remains green!--so the children cut their paintbrushes from it. Sensory exploration, creation with a new material, and no need for paintbrush washing--yay!
We own enough Biocolor paints (although after this project, I think I need to restock!) for the children to have completed their color wheels that way, but Syd got it into her head that she'd revolutionize color theory. She'd start with red--
--and then she'd wow the world by showing that you really CAN make all the colors of the color wheel from red!
She got this far:
This also happened, which is why I suspect that I need to check our paint stock:
Will, on the other hand, first studied the provided color wheel--
--and then immediately recreated it on paper:
And after Syd gave up her original idea--alas for the world of color theory!--she started again and created this:
It was very interesting to watch the children handle their tree branch paintbrushes, as they each did so quite differently. Will really embraced the feathering effect of a paintbrush lightly held and vigorously swiped, while Syd held her paintbrush in such a way that all the needles pointed the same direction and allowed her to paint neatly and accurately:
And yet, with both children, it was very apparent by the end of the day that a good time had been had by all:
Although Syd did need to spend quite a bit of time at the sink dealing with those paint cups used in the attempt to prove her grand theory...