Inventing Colors is an art activity for kindergarteners. Starting in 2007 I presented it at a local public school for five years. My idea was to show the children that artists are like scientists, with their imaginations they make discoveries and create something new.
The assignment each week was simple: invent new colors from a limited palette of red, yellow and blue. Tools included brushes, sponges, stamps, plastic paddles, and unusually shaped rubber objects. One week was finger painting. Part way through the year, I added white tempera to the palette to offer new possibilities. The busy children are pictured below.
Their activity was unstructured. I offered no suggestions about what the children should do with their colors. It was thrilling to see how they painted without hesitation, expressing themselves freely. To see a gallery of their paintings click here.