An understanding of color theory is key to a visual arts education. This two-page lesson plan outlines the basic color schemes with a description on the effect the colors will have in a composition. Four examples are included and students are asked to identify color scheme used in famous paintings (answer key included) An activity is also included. Duration can vary widely from 45 minutes to two hours.
For more thorough examples of color schemes, there is a 71 page PowerPoint link included in the Visual Arts: Elements and Principles lesson plan.