First off, I LOVED this project. We did it over 2 weeks, using large A2 piece of construction paper (I’d love to go bigger still, but space doesn’t permit..). The first week, I laid out pots of black paint and a selection of paintbrushes each. Everyone worked together to come up with as many different types of line they could paint – fat / thin / dotted / wiggly / dashed / zigzag etc. The room was VERY silent!
The following week the children chose either warm or cool colours to add to their abstract compositions. I encouraged them to work freely, learning about how much water / paint they needed on their brush (no “scratchy” painting); cleaning their brush between colours (cannot emphasise this often enough!); brush control- painting around / inside shapes and using the right brush for the right job (do not use the biggest brush in the art-room to paint the smallest area of your painting!) – And learning a bit about the colour wheel at the same time – It really helped that half the class chose warm, the other half cool.
This would make a great start of term lesson and is one I will definitely be repeating! In conjunction with this lesson we also became “colour scientists”. The children were given only the 3 primary colours and were encouraged to mix as many different colours on their paper as possible. Will post shortly.