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The author provides the ways in which children's knowledge of visual elements of art can be developed through simple but creative activities.

Mixing and Controlling Colour
Mixing and controlling colour

Colour is the visual element to which people respond most strongly and immediately, and for which they have the most definite likes and dislikes. Colour is highly significant in our lives and is the subject of much research in science, technology, industry and marketing, as well as art history (Zelanski and Fisher, 1989). It is a large, complicated subject and there is a great deal of literature about its nature, how we perceive it and how it affects us, but there is still much about colour which is not well understood. In order to help children understand and use colour effectively, however, complex theory is unnecessary. A few basic principles coupled with first-hand observation and experiment are what ...

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