December 17, Calli Nissen from the Waterworks Art Museum in Miles City visited our school. The museum is so named because it used to be the old waterworks for the city and the Art Galleries are in the big water tanks.
Calli and the students discussed that the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue and you can get other colors by mixing the three primary. Then Calli explained to the students that yellow, red and orange are “warm colors”, like you might find in the sun, fire or hot metal. These colors are more noticeable or come out at you in a painting.
Then they discussed the “cool colors” – blue, green, purple, like in the sky or ocean. These colors recede or go back into a painting.
Calli showed the students some pictures of Van Gogh and how he used warm and cool colors. She also mentioned that she has a Van Gogh painting, “Starry Night”, on her van – get -it – Van Go!
Each student then drew each of their hands with pencils and decorated them. Then they set out to paint the hands. One hand was to be in warm colors with cool colors in the background. The other hand was to be in cool colors with warm colors in the background.
The students enjoyed their art painting projects with Calli using warm and cool colors.