Paint and colour in the curriculum
 

First and second class

Strand Unit: Painting

The child should be enabled to:

  • Explore colour with a variety of materials and media / paint, crayons, chalks, coloured pencils, felt-tipped or fibre-tipped pens / print, collage, fabric and fibre / using a computer art program to experiment with colour and to create images
  • Use colour expressively to interpret themes based on his/her personal or imaginative life / particular moments from stories, poems, songs, music / what might happen next in a story
  • Paint objects chosen for their colour possibilities / flowers and other objects from the nature table / toys with imagined background detail
  • Discover colour in the visual environment and become sensitive to tonal variations between light and dark, and to variations in pure colour (hue) / discover colour and tone through themes chosen for their colour possibilities (e.g. a sunny or stormy sky)
  • Discover harmony and contrast in natural and manufactured objects and through themes chosen for their colour possibilities / features that blend with their environment and those that stand out / colour-and-shape games based on camouflage
  • Discover colour, pattern and rhythm in natural and manufactured objects and interpret them in his/her work / using repeated complementary colours to add variety to his/her work
  • Explore the relationship between how things feel and how they look / texture in natural and manufactured objects / rough, smooth, bumpy, prickly, fluffy / interpreting a variety of these in colour and tone creating creamy, crumbly textures

Strand Unit: Looking and responding

The child should be enabled to:

  • Look at and talk about his/her work, the work of other children and the work of artists / describing what is happening in the painting / the colours and tones chosen / the lines, shapes, textures and pattern created / how they are arranged in the painting / how colour was used and effects created / what he/she or the artist was trying to express / what he/she likes best about the painting