Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Block Crayons for First Graders
I am a big fan of block crayons, I considered myself an artist before them as I paint for a hobby-but after working on block crayons for the last three years-the concept and use has changed the way I see and make art. This is no different for my children however for them it is advantageous because it is all developmental. So, they learn by using, with a primary focus of blending colors to make other colors and if you don't know already-waldorf starts out with just yellow, blue and red-no black or other colors added until later. I started out using the book above by De Francesca. However, I found many of these exercises incomplete for younger children, though highly sufficient for older children and myself. So, I created some exercises from waldorf watercolor painting books (the one from Barbara Dewey, waldorf without walls). Then I started to make my own ideas up. As I could see my 7 year old was still not able to move beyond basic developmental concepts. The expanded color wheel above was one of my inventions. This is a basic blended color wheel that was reworked in different positions. It was highly effective and the results were rewarding to my son.....
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