Inventing Colors is an art activity I created for kindergarteners and led 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. 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. 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. They painted without hesitation, expressing themselves freely.
To see a gallery of their paintings click here.