This project was great for teaching primary and secondary color mixing. It was also a brief introduction to the work of artist George O'Keeffe. (This is a variation of the popular milk/food coloring color mixing science experiment).
overhead transparencies or acetate
liquid watercolor in primary colors
1. Students squeeze out a giant lake of white glue on a transparency. The glue spot should be about the size of their hand or smaller and needs to be completely filled in with glue.
2. Students then use droppers or small brushes to splatter several drops of primary colored watercolor on the glue surface.
3. The glue will begin to spread out before it dries. I strongly suggest putting a sheet of newspaper under the transparency to move it to the drying racks.
1. Students will cut out the acetate around the irregular shape and punch a hole on one side. They can string some yarn through so it can be hung in a window.
2. I had my students draw their own version of two of O'Keeffe's paintings after they completed the assignment.
Such beautiful pieces and so much packed into one lesson!