It’s important to introduce students to the color wheel at an early age so they will have a basic understanding of color theory. Students have an easier time organizing the color wheel when they experiment and mix primary colors to create secondary colors on their own. If they can see that yellow and red make orange, they will remember where it goes on the color wheel.
This simple PowerPoint presentation clearly demonstrates to elementary students how to set up and label their own color wheel by first making spaces for the primary colors, and then making spaces for the secondary colors. Students will also write down the recipes to mix the colors together so they are successful on their first try. Crayons or colored pencils work well for this assignment as long as they press hard enough to thoroughly mix colors.
This is an easy activity to do at the beginning of the year in an art class or at the start of a unit on color. The Rainbow Group Drawing
activity is perfect to use after students learn about the color wheel because they’ll be able to relate color theory to something they’ve seen in real life.
Cool Colors: How to Draw a Seal
and Warm Colors: How to Draw a Camel
are also great follow up activities to do after students learn about the color wheel.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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