Mixed-A Colorful Story
After reading the art and text of “Mixed-A Colorful Story” by Arree Chung (book read here) students explore color mixing. They paint shapes of color on paper and, when dry, add facial expressions using white charcoal pencil and markers. They interpret color as a metaphorical character trait and create characters inspired by the paint colors they mixed. Class discussion and theatre integration are extensions.
Complete lesson plan and materials list
“Mixed-A Colorful Story” by Arree Chung
Paper plates for tempera paint (1 per student)
9x12 mixed media or watercolor paper (1 per student)
Red, yellow, blue, white tempera paint (1 tsp per student)
Brush (medium-sized flat, filbert or round-1 per student)
White charcoal pencil (1 per student)
Fine or ultra-fine point marker (1 per student)
Water tubs for rinsing brushes (can be shared)
Water (pitchers work well for dumping/ refilling water)
Scratch paper or drawing journals, pencil (Lesson 2)
Here are slides which show some pages from the book with the words removed
This video helps students figure out best practices when mixing paint.
This video provides some of the painting and drawing steps. Be ready to pause the video to let students work and then continue the video when they're ready for the next steps.
A Little Spot of Feelings could be a companion to Mixed-A Colorful Story. It isn't as character or story-driven as Mixed and there is a "merchandising" aspect to the stuffed toys. However, it does go into more detail about specific emotions (frustration, anxiety, pride, etc) and visually representing them.
Here's the book, educator's guide, and the read aloud.
Interview with the author
Music videos featuring colors
Greeting from lesson designer
Kindergarten example artwork from Mr. J