Feel Good Words

Originally this project belonged to a friend of mine. She called it Feel Good Words. It is based off of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE stamp. I did it with 4th and 5th grades.

Prior to this the students learned color theory. They made their own color wheels, learning how to mix primary to secondary first. From the color wheel we saw that it puts the colors into rainbow order, how complementary colors are opposite one another, and grouping of warm and cool colors. You have to do all this before which turns this project into a nice unit. I will post on how I taught each color relationship in future posts.

Students brainstormed 4 letter feel good words in groups, then chose which one they wanted. Be sure to remind them they’ll be stuck with this word for a while.

We also looked at the work of Romero Brito who uses patterns in his work. This is for breaking up the letters and boxes so there is more room for color.

Out of the 4 boxes they had to follow the rules of color theory. One box could only have primary  colors, the next could be in rainbow order, or just warm colors or just cool.

They made a mini version of it on their worksheet using pencil then markers. Once that was planned out they got started on the big paper. Pencil first, then paint!

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Complementary Colors

Opposite Day! Introducing complementary colors! I started out by saying silly things that are opposite from what was true. So if it’s sunny outside I’ll say it’s raining. If I see a kid smiling I’d say he’s sad. Then the kids would quickly say some things that are opposite to get them excited.

You can do this as a review of complemtarty colors or to learn them from scratch. If they’ve learned it before you can point to a color wheel and see who remembers. I use 3 fun examples for complementary colors to help them remember:

Green/Red = Christmas

Purple/Yellow = Lakers

Orange/Blue = Mets/Knicks/Islanders

This really helps students remember make sure to provide a visual of all 3.

I also do a color strip game. Students receive all 6 colors in strips of paper you can quickly chop using a paper cutter and paper clip each set together for easy distribution. Ask the students to only wave the answer and not say it outloud. What’s the opppsite of green, they’d wave the red strip! Then you can let the students play teacher and call out the colors. Later on you can use these strips even more grouping the primary, secondary, warm, cool and arraigning them into rainbow order. They love playing the game as review.

The Opposite picture is further review. Make a list on the board of everything that’ll go into our picture: sun, sky, grass/tree tops, mountains, brick house/building, and tree trunk. Ask students, what color would you normally color in a sky? Blue! But it’s Opposite Day so what will we use instead? Orange! They can use their strips again here. Show students photographs of tree trunks where the wood can look a little orange. This will give you you’re blue opposite. Mountains can look purple in certain times of day in the distance, find an image of this and you have your purple opposite.

Once this is established, they can draw their pictures in pencil first. As they become ready to color make sure they have a cheat sheet list of all the opposites for reference.

When white comes up, like clouds, ask them what they think the opposite of white is, they already know it’ll be black! Outline with black sharpie!