Inventing Colors is an art activity for kindergarteners that I created and presented at at a local public school for five years. 

The assignment each week was simple: invent new colors from a limited palette of red, yellow and blue tempera. Part way through the year the color white was added. The activity was unstructured. There were no suggestions about how or what the children should paint. My idea was to show them that, like artists and scientists, with their imaginations they could make discoveries and create something new. Tools included brushes, sponges, stamps, plastic paddles, and unusually shaped rubber objects. One week was finger painting. They painted without hesitation, expressing themselves freely.  

To see a gallery of their paintings click here.

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