I loved this lesson!  This was a challenging lesson for the children (and some of the grown ups 😉 🙂 ) but the sense of achievement was pure delight!

The first task was to apply the theory of secondary colours to three drawings.  Each had to be coloured using only primary colours, to produce secondary colours as the final result.  While most children despaired at first, after holding their work at a little distance they were able to see how they had achieved mixing colours with pencil.

secondary colour mixing

The second task elicited groans of despair and disbelief that I would require such of them. 😀  It was to copy a picture of two ducks, and to then use primary colours to create a colourful picture.  The result should include primary and secondary colours.


It was a lesson for me in communication, as one dear student misunderstood the instructions and coloured her ducks green.  When I (as nicely as I could) enquired why she had given her ducks cholera, she explained that if she could only use green, purple and orange…

Miss 7 was very proud of her results, and attempted this task several more times after this first effort. (You can see this was done before we had the talk about using a ruler to make your borders!)

miss 7's ducks

There really was a lot of opposition to this task from both art groups, but everyone was so pleasantly surprised at how well they did, and  there were many ducks drawn in the students free time to attest that a challenge is often a good thing 🙂

This lesson was great for teaching secondary colours, and for stretching the students in their perception of their abilities.