Friday, August 6, 2010

Color, Light and Shadow

An awareness of how we see color involves a gradually constructed and complex network of insights. In addition, though shadows and light are aspects of our physical world, they aren't objects that can be picked up and handled. Last week, DCM's Preschool Summer Camp built on children's inherent interest with color, light and shadows, including complexities such as shade, tint, brightness and intensity.

Camp week was spent exploring the exhibits, reading some great books and participating in focused activities about color, light and shadow. One of our favorite activities was creating colored mouse paw prints after we read the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Another favorite was exploring light and color with flashlights and cellophane covers. By the end of the week we were ready to investigate shadows when we made shadow puppets to project on the wall with light and imagined what our shadow would look like by creating life-size images of ourselves.

You can learn more about the science of color, light and shadows and supporting children's play and learning in previous posts about the Museum's neighborhood, Creativity Connections, and revamped exhibit, Shadow Playground.

There's still time to sign up for one of our Preschool Summer Camps:

Great Big and Tiny: August 9-13
Art Explorers: August 16 - 20

Enjoy this week's montage of pictures from Color, Light and Shadow Camp.

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