Paint chips are a great manipulative for the art room. They are free, easy to find, and pretty! :) I wanted to compile some of the ideas I have come across and used myself in the art room with these handy little guys we call Paint Chips. (Sources are linked in the image or text, and some are from my own classroom)- Oh and this is not an excuse to totally deplete your local hardware store of paint chips- tisk tisk. Use at your own discretion, but have fun!
7 Ways to Use Paint Chips in the Art Room
1. Paint Chip Cities – This idea excites me because you are actually using the paint chips to create a piece of original art, and you really have to look close to see what the buildings are made of! What a cool collage!
2. Paint Chips to Review Tints and Shades- Label the paint chips and keep them within view of the students during a color mixing project. This not only provides a great reminder, but shows a visual cue for students who often forget the concepts from class to class.
3. Paint Chip Game– Use cut apart paint chips to create a matching game. Students must line them up from darkest to lightest, reviewing tints and shades. But don’t stop there! Sort warm, cool and neutral colors or even make your own color wheel. The possibilities are endless. I also have another color sort game, if you are interested.
4. Paint Chip for Sculpture– Because paint chips are a little heavier in nature, consider using them for sculpture. Orbs are fun, as well as boxes. Great way to introduce 3D to students if you are short on clay or don’t want the mess of paper mache. I equate it to origami.
5. Paint Chips for Creativity– I tried this game with students and it was a HUGE hit! They each got a small swatch cut off from a paint chip. Then, they had to come up with a new name for the color. If they used the word “tint” or “shade” in their name, it was bonus points. I was blown away with what they came up with. I think the kid below was trying to call it “Green Lair” – hahaha!
6. Paint Chips for Geometric Shapes or Patterning- I envision doing something like this with kindergarten or preschool students. It will help them identify shapes, make shapes and form patterns with the different colors. Maybe this wouldn’t e a finished piece of art, but an activity or process to do before the art project. Laminate them and they can become a game you can use over and over!
7. Vocabulary Flashcards – Although this example is used for the regular classroom, think of the types of formative assessment and review you could use with art vocabulary words or concepts. Students could even write artist statements on them!
What else would you add to the list?