During second grade, my students practice mixing the primary colors to make secondary colors. We create one work of art with their yellow+red, another with their yellow+blue and these purple flowers with their red+blue.
To create these purple flowers, students began by mixing red and blue paint together to create various shades of purple. They used their purple paint to completely cover several pieces of paper so that we could use them as flower petals after they dried. Students took their dried purple paper and tore it into smaller pieces to be used as petals. They collaged other construction paper together to create stems, leaves, and pollen for their flowers. These were glued underneath a symmetrical vase and students used crayons to add a variety of patterns to the vase.