Over the last 6 weeks we have been interested in colour and light. Throughout our investigation and exploration we have read lots of books about colour but there have been 3 books that have really impacted on our learning and these are One and Zero by Kathryn Otoshi and My Many Colored Days by Dr Seuss. All 3 books explore the power of colour and we have had many conversations together about how our feelings can be represented using colour. We have compared the way the books have used the same colour to represent different feelings and discussed which feeling we individually thought the colour represented.
Dr Suess’ book My Many Colored Days was the last of the 3 books we read. We found the contrast in illustrations between this book and the other 2 books interesting. This contrast was a provocation for further exploration of colour and light and we decided to paint some of the windows of the classroom in observe the effect of the light shining in through the colours.
The children began to slowly cover the windows with paint………
enjoying the effect of the light as it shone through.
They discovered that the amount of paint they applied affected the lights ability to shine through…….
The thicker the paint the stronger the colour
The children explored the effect of different brush strokes as well.
Slowly throughout these explorations and experimentations the windows were covered in paint.
Then we added another layer of texture using our patterned rollers……….
and white paint.
This experience was really good gross motor practice as well as we stretched up high and across especially when using the roller. We also used our dotted stamps to add to the effect.
We rolled and printed all over the paint enjoying the added dimension and textures and then the painting of the windows was finished.
The next day we sponge painted body shaped stencils onto paper using colours that showed our feelings. When these were dry we cut them out and added them to our coloured windows.
Our Many Coloured Day windows were finished.
We love our windows and the way the light shines through them!
We especially love the way our body shapes look like shadows.
We loved this entire process and are now going to paint our other windows and the door at the front of the classroom.