Don't forget about reflected colors.
Sometimes we see the color of what the object actually is. Other times we see
the colors that are reflected off the object. In particular, translucent colors
I just did a lesson plan on this with
1st and 2nd grade I got off the crayola website.
I'll have to try this and see if it
has any merit, but as far as explaining artistic white as lacking
color, you could show it with various forms of paper. Start with
white paper, paint a swatch of red on it. Ask them if it has changed color. Then
paint other colors of papers and show how the paper had changed the red into
something different. Since it will, you could therefore come to the conclusion
that white has no color in it.
Kelli - I'm sending this to the other lists too. Good
How do you explain White to kids?
Way to go! Bring in
science AND pigments color theory. My kiddies always
liked telling me I was
wrong after they had their science lesson...SO I
started teaching BOTH in
White in science: reflection of nearly all light from
wavelength (so yes all colors - BUT all reflected)
pigments: lacking any color or hue
Black in pigments: theoretically all
colors added -- and in science all
colors absorbed - no reflected light.
(and folks who like watercolors -
black is "evil" --grin - I didn't use
black in my watercolors)
Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2003 will
back me up.
See Artlex for white pigments (what makes white). Titanium
oxide (this is
what I used in Acrylics) and Zinc oxide (Chinese white in
two that I know of. White glaze has whiting - Kaolin, tin
people out there to back me up on what makes white in
glazes? LOTS of
science (and MATH) there folks.
Always try to tie in
science when you do color theory....Try to team up when
science is doing
color...I know that is hard to do.
Judy Decker - Ohio