Our quest for color began with an innate desire to communicate. Prehistoric people were resourceful with natural earth pigments (like red and yellow ochre, hematite, manganese oxide and charcoal), and used them to illustrate beautiful stories. Today paints are mass-produced, but the art of paint making is one some artists can’t resist doing themselves. Pigment is combined with a binder of oil or water as a base, packaged in a tube and voilà – paint! Each color has a story to tell, so be sure to choose your pigments wisely.
Pick a color and explore its origin. There’s so much to learn from natural pigments. You can examine their chemical composition or research their historical impact. More curriculum connectors can be found here.