One of the theories that I have read about with kids and art is that you should restrict the amount of colours they paint with, some think that a child should be introduced to one colour at a time and only use that one colour for a set amount of time. I'm not sure whether there is much point to go to that extreme, in my experience kids love to mix up colours as much as they do to actually paint. We tend to do a bit of everything, we did the Red, Blue and Yellow project a while back and that is still up on the wall, sometimes I limit the paint other times I let him have the lot. Yesterday I introduced Ebi-kun to a new technique and I limited his paint choice to three colours but he picked which three.
To do this you need:
a canvas, we used an oil painting board
3 different colours of paint, we used acrylic
plus the usual paint equipment, brushes, apron, water, palette, cloth etc.
Start off by putting strips of masking tape over the board so that they criss-cross and make small patches of different sizes. Make sure the tape goes over the edge of the board and rub it down so that it is well sealed.
Then paint the patches showing through different colours, I suggested that he should try and not paint the same colours next to each other. Ebi-kun decided on silver, gold and black (he has been dying to get his hands on the gold and silver since spying them in the paint box). I recommend painting onto the masking tape so that you know the edges are all painted well.