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Guide for Junior Artists - art supplies and colour theory for the youngest artists

Painting and drawing for early learners is both educational and helps develop fine-motor skills. 
In this Guide for Junior Artists, Panduro helps you with all you need to know about experimenting with colour and essential painting and drawing supplies. You also get a basic explanation of what colour is, and other useful facts for setting up your very own little ‘artist studio’ at home.

Explaining colour to kids

So, what are colours, exactly? To see colours, we need light. Light is basically white, and we divide the visible spectrum into colours from red to violet. Light is needed for seeing colours, and colours change depending on the effects of light. Anything seen as black absorbs all light, while anything we see as blue reflects the blue light waves. Our eyes and our brain work together so we can see colour when we look at something. Did you know that the human eye sees red, green and blue light, and then combines them to make other colours?

Now you know how we are able to see colour!

Warm and cool colours


In the world of colour, there are warm and cool colours. The warm colours have a warm undertone, and cool ones have a cool undertone. 

Examples of cool colours: 

• Blue
• Green
• Purple


Examples of warm colours: 

• Yellow
• Red 
• Orange 

Let’s learn how to mix colours

Some colours make other colours when we mix them together. Yellow, blue and red are called primary colours, and they can’t be made from other colours, but mix them together, and you can make other colours like green, purple and orange. Next, we give you a quick guide to colours you can mix to make other colours. 

Yellow + Blue = GREEN

Red + Blue = PURPLE

Black + White = GREY

Yellow + Pink = ORANGE

Red + White = PINK

Experiment with colours!

Try creating some paint colours: what happens if you mix a tiny bit of red with a lot of white? Or more yellow than green?

Finger paint

Hands-on painting using special finger paints is one of the most enjoyable activities for toddlers. The consistency of finger paints is perfect for applying with chubby little fingers, and often fine to work with a paintbrush, sponge or little roller too. But the great thing about finger paints is that little fingers get to be the ‘paintbrush’, allowing little ones to create and experiment freely. Because what better way to free the imagination than unlimited painting?

Did you know that
finger paint is safe but tastes yucky?! Finger paint contains bitter flavouring to discourage young children from putting their fingers in their mouth when finger painting, no matter how colourful and tasty those paints look! 

Coloured pencils

Coloured pencils allow children to experiment with drawing lines and colouring without too much mess. Young children may need pencils that are easier to hold, like the chunkier coloured pencils from Creative Colors Jumbo Colored Pencils, which are approved for use by children age 3+.

Crayons

Is there anything more evocative of childhood than crayons? The best thing about crayons is that they’re all kids need to sit anywhere and get crayoning! For younger children, slightly chunkier crayons may be better because they are easier to hold and less likely to crumble.

Art supplies for all junior artists

Even the youngest artists will appreciate quality drawing and painting supplies. Before painting sessions at home, make sure you’ve stocked up on paper sheets, pads and blocks, a nice child-friendly paintbrush that’s easy to hold, plus an art apron to avoid paint stains on clothing. 

Brush set with palette 13 pcs

11,12 13,90
-20%
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Creative Colors Drawing Pad A4

4,99 9,99
-50%
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Easy-grip kids´ brushes 6 pcs

8,72 10,90
-20%
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