Introduction
 

Introduction

To children, colour is one of the most attractive qualities of the visual world, from the subtle colours of the natural world to the bright colours of their toys, clothes and books. They need lots of opportunities to observe colour in the environment, to notice how artists use colour and to use colour expressively in their own work. Paint is the most suitable medium for exploring colour, because it is fluid and easily mixed, and young children will enjoy exploring how it behaves, as well as how it feels.

Children will use paint to draw with. Younger children use colour without any direct colour relationship to the object or figure being painted. As they mature they will use colour more naturalistically as they try for greater realism in their work. It is important that all children have access to a wide variety of paint and colour materials and tools, and opportunities to explore their expressive possibilities. Their experience of colour and texture can be expanded with, for example, crayons, markers and pastels, through paper and fabric collage, in print-making and through work in fabric and fibre.

Creating a colour environment in a corner of the classroom using natural and manufactured objects within a colour area will help to focus children’s looking and develop awareness of colour subtleties.