How not to make orange
A beginner’s guide
Scenario; year 4 girl with statement for special educational needs works with support worker colour mixing.
Adult; ‘Right, it’s our job to make orange, what colours do you think we need to make orange?
Let’s start with yellow, what shall we add to yellow to make orange?’
Child picks up brush and heads straight for the blue
Adult; ‘remember, ( pause ) we are making orange
Child looks at the adult and without losing eye contact moves toward the black with the brush.
Adult, showing slight signs of panic in her voice, ‘Black? (pause) In yellow? ( tries to control her horror) Oh that would make a messy colour wouldn’t it?
Child still hasn’t said anything or made a mark on the paper
Adult; how about you trying some red?
Child dips in red and mixes orange
Adult breathes sigh of relief and says to the child, ‘Yes, well done you did it!’