Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Colour Wheel

 The Colour Wheel

The Colour Wheel experimenting has taken place over a couple of days.
I was inspired by 'Playful Learning' to create a Colour Wheel based on nature
Rather than simply using the Colour Wheel to search for items outdoors, we clipped our old Seed Catalogues for fruit, veg and flowers; a magazine with abundant colour options!

 Bowl of Cherries & Berries & Flowers

Then we looked at how to divide a circle into 12 sections.
You could divide 360 degrees by 12 to equal the number of degree's each segment will work out to.
Or you could take a corn tortilla and keep folding it into twelve!
I opted for Option A.
O opted for Option B.
 Post Nap Snack (& math lesson!)

Baby C woke up from her long midday nap, just in time for snack!

While O was working on her Rainbow Scratch Paper, I started pasting the three Primary Colours into their segments on the Colour Wheel, followed by secondary and tertiary colours.
Once O got a hold of the Nature Colour Wheel, she used it as a restaurant menu combined with yesterday's Rainbow Rice!

Specials of the Day

O: "Pick what you want to eat. (from the Colour Wheel.)
M: "Strawberries."
O: "We don't have that."
She asked for a piece of chalk and wrote a new menu on the board.
O: "Pick what you want."
M: "Number three.
O: "Are you allergic to cow's milk?"
M: "Yes."
O: "Then pick a different one. How about number four. It's abnooshica."  
(yes, she has her own language and remarkably, can remember vocabulary days later!)

A few weeks back, I was reading Art is Every Day Though I was not able to finish it cover-to-cover, I did notice a number of interesting art projects and the mention of an Eric Carle book I have never come across, 'Hello, Red Fox'.
It went on the library order for this week.
When the Green Fox appeared on the cover, I was completely confused.

Carle bases this book on Goethe's Colour Wheel and the Theory of Complimentary (opposite) colours
Sheer brilliance!
I love Eric Carle, but have developed a deep sense of awe, since reading this gem!

He explains at the start, how to use the book.
On one page is a large red heart with a small black dot in the center.
On the opposite page, is simply a black dot on white paper.
He asks you to stare at the dot in the center of the heart for 10 seconds before moving your eyes to the dot on the white page.
Slowly, your eyes show a hint of the heart in it's complimentary colour!

He proceeds to tell a story, with this concept on each page, as Green Frog convinces his mother, things are not as they appear (the colour of his friends, that is.)
Fantastic read and currently on my Wish List!


O worked hard, but it is tricky to explain that the actual image is only perceived by the eye.

It reminded me of the popular Optical Illusion pictures that were popular posters when I was growing up.;_ylt=AwrBTvg8KQpVb_QARmzrFAx.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--?_adv_prop=image&fr=yfp-t-699-s&sz=all&va=optical+illusion

*Colour Wheel expansion lessons are vast!!
For primary studies, Lois Ehlert  is one of my favourite, especially as Spring approaches.
Like Eric Carle, her focus is the natural and animal world. She also uses collage, like Carle. which naturally appeals to the younger crowd for it's simplicity.
More on her work and biography tomorrow!

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