The Power of Color

/ Coloring with Kids

Cream Jug, 1745-1749, Chelsea porcelain manufactory (operated 1744/1745-1780), London, England, enameled soft-paste porcelain. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Catherine H. Collins Collection AFI.248.1998

This tiny object is a milk jug. It was likely used on a table setting in order to pour milk into tea or other hot beverages. It is referred to as the Goat and Bee jug because of the two goats and the bee depicted on the jug. The colors are very soft and are meant to remind the viewer of a lovely spring day.

To learn more about this jug and other objects used for tea, check out this week’s Art Shot How Tea Swept a Nation.

Coloring Activity

Color is a form of communication. In a traffic light, red means “stop” and green means “go.” Color influences the way we feel. When we see yellow, we can feel the warmth of the sun. 

Color is symbolic. The color purple is often associated with royalty, wealth, and magic. 

Color has power. Artists use color to help you see the world through their eyes.

The objective for this coloring activity is not to mimic the colors the artist used, but to color this work of art using the colors you want to see in the world! 

There are two sides to this jug. The challenge is to color each side differently to show how colors can change the way we see an object.

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Questions for Engagement:

What colors remind you of spring?

Would you color each side of this jug to represent different seasons?

Are you afraid of bees or do you think they play an important part in nature?

What colors did you choose for each side and why?

Bonus Challenge:

Since this object is meant for a table setting, we challenge you to not only color within the lines, but outside the lines as well! Draw around this object to create a table setting or other scene where you might see this jug in use.

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