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The Easel

November 12, 2009


A close-up of the easel that holds the paint trays, caked in a myriad of colors.

Yesterday’s occurrence at the easel, when GT delighted at the “candy pink” color she mixed, was not an isolated incident.  Everyday, sometimes several times a day, students’ eyes grow wider when they mix colors to paint with – they run to show their friends, jump up and down, and do little dances.

We have been using ice-cube trays for color mixing at the easel, and there’s always a sense of wonder when students go there to create new colors to paint with.  Most students spend equal time mixing colors as they do painting.

After talking to Diana, we hypothesize that, because so many students have attempted mixing certain colors, several “experts” have emerged – we hear students telling us that RS teaches them, and I often see RS consulting at the easel.  However, it seems that when RS seeks advice, he always approaches MB, who is, in fact, a very confident color mixer.

Children seem to be very aware of their classmates’ strengths in certain areas – creating “experts” for certain languages – building, color mixing, sketching, clay molding, etc.

Have you noticed this phenomenon?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2009 6:25 am

    Oops, left my easel comment on the following post with the blocks…

  2. December 4, 2009 2:32 pm

    Ice cube trays are a wonderful way for the children to color mix at the table and at the easel – we found some clear ones that are great.

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