Mixing paint to get the color you want is an important art skill for children to learn. But let’s move beyond primary and secondary colors for this lesson. As a quick review the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue and in the right combinations make secondary colors: orange, green and purple.
- red + yellow= orange
- yellow + blue = green
- blue + red = purple
For a fun lesson in primary colors see Pumpkin Pointillism over on Hip Homeschool Moms. You can also teach on tertiary colors which are a secondary color mixed with a primary color. For example, yellow green is a tertiary color. Explore more color lessons and the color harmonies with my FREE Color Harmonies Workbook!
How to Mix Paint for Skin Tones
Making skin tones is actually very easy. You just have to experiment with amounts to get the shade and hue of skin you’re trying for. I usually use tempera for kids because it’s easy clean up. With older children acrylic is best for adhering to any surface and avoiding translucence. But for now, tempera should work for kids on paper.
1. Start with white paint and add some red.
2. Then a little yellow. This should give you a peachy color.
3. Next a bit of blue till you get the color your going for. Add white to lighten and black or brown to darken. Add more yellow if there is too much red or pink. Once the color you want is achieved paint your face!
I used this skill with my co-op students for our Ancient Egypt Text and Texture Lesson (coming soon).