Friday, May 7, 2010

A Way To Eat Sweets And Get An Education

Another rainy day project- Who says this is just for kids. I like doing this project on myown.
This project is nothing new but it sure is fun. I didn’t come up with it but we explored this project in my art education classes years and years ago. It’s one of my favorite projects because you get to mix colors and eat frosting and cookies at the same time.
Vanilla wafers, vanilla or white frosting, food coloring, primary colors, red, blue, and yellow. Parchment paper, plastic/paper cups and plastic spoons. Make sure you have enough white frosting. You will use white the most.

  1. Tape the parchment paper down to the surface you will be working on.
    To make the wheel template I turned a large mixing bowl over and lightly drew around it. Then I turned over a shot glass (I used the shot glass later that night for its intended purpose) and made 12 small circles to place the cookies in. Next came a ruler to draw the triangles. None of this is necessary. You can just freehand it also.

  2. Now frost 3 cookies with each of the 3 primary colors, red, blue and yellow. Place them at the points of one of the triangles (it really doesn't matter which color goes where - just place future colors accordingly). Remind the kids or yourself that all colors can be made from these three colors.

  3. Now think about the 3 secondary colors, green, orange, and purple. Depending on your kids ages they can mix their own colors or you can help. Have them mix the secondary colors and place them at the points of the other triangle. This is not too scientific so make the prettiest colors and the intensity level you like. We did two color wheels in the photos one light colors and one more intense. Which ever you want just explore, that's the fun of it.

  4. Now the 6 intermediate or tertiary colors. These are colors like blue violet, or red violet. These colors are placed in between the secondary and primary colors that were used to mix them.

    In order to know exactly how to mix the intermediate colors - you will have to make a sample yourself -- or at least experiment with the colors you have made. The amount of each color needed will depend solely on the intensity of your primary colors.

  5. Now mix all 3 primary colors together to frost the 13th cookie. It's placed in the center of the Color Wheel - for neutrals/brown.

  6. Optional - With left over cookies and icing, try mixing tints by adding white. They belong on the outside of the wheel.
Have fun with this. It kills an hour or two and clean up is minimal especially if you use paper cups and plastic spoons. That way you can toss them.

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