There are so many ways to explore color in writing workshop. Here are some interesting examples.
- Three color names I like best are:
- Three color names my friend likes best are:
- We think these three colors are exciting:
- Write ads to sell three items – a bicycle, a piece of clothing, a stuffed animal, a doll, or anything else you can think of. Be sure to mention the colors of the item.
- Write a snapshot of setting in 3 to 6 sentences. Include three specific color words.
- Write a snapshot of character. Include three specific color words.
- Create an unusual adjective to describe a noun. Your adjective may commonly be used as a noun. Here are some examples: tangerine sky, chocolate eyes, winter wheat hair
Use paint strips, home decorating magazines, online inside and outdoor galleries offered by paint manufacturers such as Behr, coloring boxes, and colored pencil sets. Share the color word list you have created with a friend. Take turns reading the colors to each other.
Blue: Baby blue, azure, aquamarine, indigo, turquoise, marine, midnight blue, navy, cobalt, peacock, robins-egg, lapis lazuli, periwinkle, Mediterranean, teal, delphinium, sapphire, cadet, Wedgewood, slate
Purple: lavender, magenta, orchid, mauve, violet, hyacinth, mulberry, periwinkle, plum, damson, fuchsia, indigo, maroon, heliotrope, violet-red, blue-violet, amethyst, lilac, burgundy
Red: scarlet, cherry, coral, blood, lobster, ruby, rosy, cardinal, strawberry, raspberry, Chinese, vermillion, fire-engine red, chestnut, blood bay, poppy, salmon, orange-red, terra cotta, brick, barn, crimson
Green: emerald, verdant, olive, ivy, pea, jade, apple green, sea green, celery, parsley, chartreuse, viridian, Nile, shamrock, hunter, Kelly, British racing, jungle, khaki, pistachio, lime, forest, winter, blue-green
Amber: honey, cognac, green-yellow, lemon yellow, green and cream-yellow, goldenrod, sandy-brown, and moccasin
Gray: storm cloud, sleigh bells, elephant’s skin, dusk, antique gray, downpipe, grill master gray, far-horizon gray, mourning dove, tea kettle gray
Can you think of more names for these colors?
*See Jane Yolen’s Color Me a Rhyme and Mary O’Neill’s Hailstones and Halibut Bones
*For adult reading, there’s Primary Colors by Alexander Theroux – his three essays devoted to the colors red, blue, and yellow include every color allusion imaginable: artistic, literary, linguistic, botanical, cinematic, scientific, culinary, climatologial, and lots more. Here’s a sample: Theroux points out that these things are yellow: the sun, cowardice, third prize, honey, school buses, urine, New Mexico license plates, Penzzoil, Easter, butter, and arsenic. The sequel is titled Secondary Colors.