Capital Cities Education Alliance is an organization serving at-risk youth in the Hartford area, helping students develop job skills and building community through the beautification of schools, parks and community centers. In the Spring of 2016, I was brought on to develop color theory curriculum for their program called "Let’s Paint!” and have continued to work with CCEA to develop their color and design ideas for all of their projects in the Hartford area.
I did not shy away from bringing complex and creative material into the classroom. We started with the fundamentals of the color wheel, each student mixing colors and painting their own. We then dug into the various harmonies: complimentary colors, analogous colors, triads. We discussed warm and cool color and delved into saturation. Every student developed their own “color notebook,” made up of pages from each of the color lessons covered during the 2-hour class.
That knowledge was them brought out to the field where they transformed a former eyesore, visible from Rt. 84 and adjacent to a park that has been under redevelopment. This work project also helped to instill generalized job skills, such as punctuality and communication.
I am so proud of "my" students and am just blown away by their hard work. And I can't say enough about their leadership, the amazing team at Capital Cities Education Alliance. We are continuing to collaborate on new projects and I will keep you updated as the hard work and fun unfolds!