Art is one of the most important ways people tell us how they view the world. Being that the Wayne County Public School System does not provide their public elementary schools with a formal art program, this seven part series was created to enlighten, encourage and enable parents to help build the foundation of art literacy needed for success in the Wayne county middle school art program. Each article explores one of the seven elements, or “building blocks,” of art. All students must be able to define and identify each of the elements by the time they leave 5th grade according to page five of the Georgia Performance Arts Standards. Last month we explored “Lines”.  If you missed last month’s article, you can visit  to view previous articles and resource links.

This month let us delve into the world of COLOR!

It’s in everything we touch, taste, smell, and feel. It evokes emotion without asking for prior thought. It can be the focus of our careers, the way we live, the everyday choices we make, and the fun we have. Color affects every aspect of our lives; thus learning to recognize colors is an important part of a child’s development, and children need instruction to understand color as a concept. Not only do very young children (ages two and under) lack the ability to differentiate that navy blue and light blue are both blue, they lack the verbal skills to explain that to you. However, they grasp the concept of color long before they conceptualize shape, size, texture and quantity. Trying to use constant repetition and explanations on what colors are and are not will not help any child understand what the actual word “COLOR” means before the age of three. However, after that fact is realized, teaching colors to a child is usually easy. Surrounded by a world of COLOR, it is simple to use daily opportunities to discuss colors.  Of course, since teaching color recognition to children is so important, there are many tools that can help children learn.

1.Children’s Book has a great list of children’s books that will provide many opportunities to teach color to children. Once at the site choose “color” from the topic menu. Create a wish list and trot on over to our very own Wayne County Library, where Ms. Debbie Turner or any of her capable workers can help you acquire the books of your choice. 

2. Additional color literacy development tools can be found at . There, your young child can practice their newfound knowledge of colors on a fun basic color wheel and play engaging matching games.

3. Once in elementary school a more advanced color wheel is essential when educating children in the concept of color. In the video link here, you can hear the fascinating story of how and who invented the Color Wheel:

4. Once you master the Color Wheel it is an appropriate time to make one of your own; Why not make one with Annie Painter? She is a captivating artist and teacher located in Sisters, Oregon. But you needn’t make the 40 hour drive to her grand studio when you can visit her web site any time you wish! Once there, her color mixing videos will turn you into a color mixing pro in five, fun and FREE lessons! She even provides supply lists and recommended online shopping options to secure your supplies.

5. At the Art of Education website you can experience color optical illusions, bubble painting and much more. Once you visit this site your student will never want to leave!


What if my student is colorblind?

The art room can be a place of refuge for all students to feel like they belong, but a color blind student in the art room may begin to dread it. Approximately 1 out of 12 males and 1 out of 20 females are color blind.  A person with color-blindness has trouble seeing red, green, blue, or mixtures of these colors. The key to ministering to a color-challenged student is to understand what they “do” see. At the following website you can “experience” what a colorblind person sees and doesn’t see. “Seeing” the world from their perspective can help you help them.

Is there a cure for color blindness?

In the past, the best a color blind person could hope for, was awareness and empathy, but in 2012 Dr. Don McPherson noticed certain color transformations when he wore his lab glasses, which were coated with a special lens formula he had invented for laser surgery eye protection. The discovery led to a research study. That research study led to the invention of lightweight plastic, prescription lenses, that were broadly accepted by professional eye care communities by 2014.

For more information visit .

Meet me back here next month when we will learn about VALUE.


Below is a reprint from the article that appeared in the December 17th Press Sentinal.