I find it magical, the process of red and blue becoming purple. I marvel at how the various shades of green are a combination of blue and yellow. Orange is always a bit tricky to make but brown does not take too much work…just swirl everything together. I love the various shades of pink and periwinkle. I love watching children move one gloppy paintbrush full of pigment into the next and right before their eyes…waaaaa laaaaaaa….a new color has been born. On a consistent basis they always look surprised and I feel confident that they see the world just a bit differently after the three primary colors become secondary, and tertiary colors.
I love how students begin the project with dedicated obedience keeping the paint carefully inside the established lines. And by the end of the project the lines seem to fade away and the swirls of paint seem to take greater shape and emerge with greater energy. Some students remain more conservative with the amount of paint they use while others heap paint goober after paint goober.