Blossoms in Bloom

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Did you know that the term for adding white to any other colour on the colour wheel is ‘tint’? The artists in Room 16 do, and they demonstrated their new knowledge and skill in these beautiful cherry blossom artworks inspired by the recent change in season.

The class looked at photographs of cherry blossoms and shared stories about where they have seen the trees in real life. We looked specifically at the colours on the trees and realised that the blossoms ranged in colour from a deep pink to a very pale, almost white colour. 

The next part of the lesson focused on the materials to be used, and the children predicted what might happen when white paint is mixed with red paint. Slowly, Mrs Young  mixed the two colours together and we found that white and red make pink. The more white that was added, the paler the pink became. The tint was changing.

I learned that mixing white with any colour makes a different colour. You start really softly. - Tomas

When I added white the pink got lighter. - Emilia

One of the learning intentions for the lesson was to use non-traditional tools to create a piece of art, so we experimented with scrunched up tissue paper dipped into the different tints of pink to create ‘blossoms’ on the bare tree template. This was a bit tricky as sometimes the tissue came apart. The children began to realise that a tight, scrunched up tissue created a small blossom, while a looser tissue created a bigger one. They also experimented with pressure and amounts of paint to create their unique piece of art. 

I used the tissue paper carefully to make the blossoms. - Hope

I liked dipping the tissue in the paint and sponging the paper. - Alena

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Emilia admires her work.

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Reegan grasps the idea that she can vary the tint by adding white.

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Koby tries varying the pressure to change the size and shape of his blossoms.

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Billy is so focused while creating his artwork.

In addition to learning about tint and using non-traditional tools to apply paint, the students also enjoyed the sensory aspect of the process. In this instance, young children that may not yet have the vocabulary to describe what they see in detail can do this via their art. Self expression, creativity, observation and experimentation are all practiced when children engage in the creation of visual art.

It was fun making the blossoms. - Marshall

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Daetyn thoroughly enjoys the sensory aspect of creating his artwork.

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Hope’s completed blossom tree.

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Carter’s completed blossom tree.

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Billy’s completed blossom tree.

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Key words: Visual Art, Spring, Seasons, New entrants

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