PROJECT LENGTH: 9 days (with hour-long class periods)
DESCRIPTION: This lesson focuses on color mixing, the tertiary color wheel, and the art element of color in famous artworks. Throughout this unit, students will learn about artists Peter Max, Wassily Kandinsky, and Oliver Herring. In order to create their own abstract tertiary color wheels, students will use mathematical tools of measurement including protractors and rulers. Students will learn about the technique of optical mixing with colored pencils in addition to mixing paints to create and match secondary and tertiary colors.
1. Powerpoint which includes step by step project instructions, student exemplars, teacher exemplar and master artworks.
2. Guided notes and video comprehension questions on contemporary artist Oliver Herring.
3. Answer key to Oliver Herring guided notes and comprehension questions.
4. Guided notes and video comprehension questions on Wassily Kandinsky.
5. Answer key to Wassily Kandinsky guided notes and comprehension questions.
6. Reading about Wassily Kandinsky with focus on his artwork, "Yellow-Red-Blue."
7. Secondary and Tertiary Color Wheel worksheets.
8. Exemplars of completed Secondary and Tertiary Color Wheel worksheets.
9. Color Mixing Guide for Painting the Tertiary Color Wheel.
- Paint rag
- Water bowl
- Paint palette
- Handouts (provided)
- 18” x 18” drawing or painting paper
- Red, Yellow and Blue paints (acrylic or tempra)
- Students will be formatively assessed on their knowledge of color, color-mixing, and measurement while creating their paintings.
- Warm Up and Exit Ticket questions.
- Discussion questions about famous artworks and artists (art history).