We have been working on color studies, and today we gathered around a collection of plastic colored bottle caps. They were presented in rainbow order, and we had an interesting discussion about why rainbow order is rainbow order. Some friends suggested that rainbow order is from the color order of actual rainbows. Other friends noticed that the colors in rainbow order are related to each other. Yellow is next to green because yellow is part of green.
We challenged everyone to make models of the color wheel using the caps. Some models were circular and were lying on the table, and other models were 3-D with caps nesting within the other caps. One model contained the pattern of two primary colors followed by the secondary color they make. We also saw secondary colors wedged between the primary colors that make them.
In our small groups, we painted boards to serve as bases for our color collection mandalas. We tested how our materials looked on colored paper before we committed to a paint color.
In our other small group, we worked to fill a piece of cardboard with strips of magazine paper that had a color theme. Then we glued our cut-outs from last week on top of the magazine paper background.