Cool Hands on a Warm Background

Kindergarten (Mrs. Strode’s class) learned all about warm and cool colors this week. They were also introduced to the ‘crayon resist technique.’ They learned about these concepts by completing one of their ‘Artware by You’ projects. (This project was inspired by

Students hands and forearms were traced on to watercolor paper. They were then instructed to draw different lines and shapes inside the traced outlines using crayon in cool colors; green, blue and purple. The next step was to add watercolor paint  just using the cool colors. We talked about how their crayon designs would not disappear if they painted over them as the crayon ‘resists’ or repels the paint. It was fun watching their reactions when they discovered how the ‘crayon resist’ technique worked! Once the paint was dry, their ‘cool hands’ were cut out. The next step was to paint a background in warm colors; red, yellow. orange and pink. Students were encouraged to mix the colors on their paper creating a ‘psychedelic effect.’ The final stage was to glue their cool hands on to their warm background. I think they did a great job. These will look great on a t-shirt or mug 🙂

Christian S.

Dane B.

Jacob O.

Jayden R.

Emma W.

Bailey W.

Davis S.

Cade C.

Alex E.

About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at and to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
Gallery | This entry was posted in Art Work, Kindergarten Art Work and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s