It all started with a book. We were noticing all of the colours around us. Then someone thought, “What would it be like if we didn’t have any colour?”
-We couldn’t see anything. -It would be just like the old movies. -We would never want to play outside. -The planet would be all white and black. -We couldn’t see the sun. -It would be like a haunted house. -It would be like night time all of the time.
That thinking led us to our exploration with white and black.
What if the only colours we had were white and black?
-It’s weird, white didn’t work very well. -It was like we were in a black and white world. -White wasn’t really good. -Black and white paint made grey. -BORING! I missed the other colours!
Some of us enjoyed working in black and white, but some of us still missed colours:
Those in favour of Black and White liked them because they were, “my favouritist colours”, “I like the way the white lights are on my Christmas tree.” “I like watching old movies”.
Those in favour of all of the colours liked them because,”All of the colours stand out and look bright”, “It’s nice to use more”, “I like all of the coloured lights on my Christmas tree”, and “Rainbows include leprechauns.”
What I loved about this exercise was the way it made us re-think some ideas. How do you make a sky with only white and black? What do you do when white doesn’t show up on paper (“When white won’t work, just use yellow!”)? Can you make a picture with only white and black? It gave us an opportunity to see the world from a different perspective.