Creating a color wheel from scratch is a valuable exercise that can be successfully accomplished by the youngest art students. When students map out their own color wheels instead of completing a coloring sheet, it gives them a sense of ownership. This also provides students with extra practice to create shapes and different types of lines. Instead of just making a color wheel on traditional paper, engage students by providing paper plates for them to use. Elementary students get excited about using non-traditional materials, and many of them love pizza. This lesson plan will lead students through drawing and completing their own pizza color wheels.
The downloadable zip file includes a PowerPoint presentation that will demonstrate step-by-step how to draw a six part color wheel. It’s easy to follow and even non-art teachers can use it in their classes. After students draw their pizzas, they will fill in their colors wheels with the primary colors first and then secondary colors. The PowerPoint demonstrates the locations of the colors to assure student success. Furthermore, there are extra slides to show how to categorize the warm and cool colors.
In addition to the follow-along PowerPoint instructions, this zip file includes a PDF lesson plan. This activity aligns with the National Fine Arts Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. This lesson plan is very easy to teach to early elementary students, and it could be left with a substitute who doesn’t have experience teaching art.
This coloring activity works well when taught after the Create a Color Wheel
lesson plan because it reinforces the placement of primary and secondary colors.
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