Overview of the visual arts curriculum

Paint and colour

Paint is an ideal medium for developing the child’s sensitivity to colour, because it is fluid and its effects are immediate. It is important to explore the expressive and descriptive effects of a variety of colour media and to encourage adventurous use.

Colour awareness promotes sensitivity to an enjoyment of colour in the child’s surroundings and is further enhanced when the child has opportunities to look at the work of artists. Children develop an understanding and appreciation of colour from observation of and delight in colour seen in nature and in manufactured objects, and they use colour to express their experiences, interests and imaginative ideas.

As they progress they demonstrate a developing awareness of colour in their own work, a growing sensitivity to other artists’ expressive use of colour and its impact on crafted and designed objects.