What Can Colors Do?

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There's a rainbow of ways to think about colors. Colors pop and shine.  Cool colors make us shiver, while warm colors heat us up. They can even express our moods, from feeling blue to being tickled pink. What Can Colors Do? introduces children to color through vibrant artworks that inspire curiosity, joy, and surprise in young learners.

Colorful paintings, sculptures, and objects from the Philadelphia Museum of Art help children think about how artists use color. How can colors express  feelings? Can a color be loud or soft? As children learn the basics of  color theory, from mixing to contrast and color wheels, they answer  engaging, thoughtful questions that bring the world of art and their own experiences together. A series of activities for kids to complete on their own—from a scavenger hunt to a color-inspired way to meditate—helps them to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the hues around us.  

Published in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Princeton Architectural Press.

Liz Yohlin Baill  is Collections Interpreter for Youth and Families at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Ages: 4-6
  • Author: Liz Yohlin Baill
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, 2021
  • Available now only from the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
  • 40 pages, 8.5" x 7"
  • Full color photography throughout
  • ISBN: 9781616899660
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    What Can Colors Do

    Posted by Heidi Baill on Jan 31st 2021

    Love this book and so do my grandchildren! It’s beautiful, informative for kids and adults, and fun! Should be a prize possession of every preschool/elementary art teacher, too. A classic!

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