The Color Wheel- An Art Lesson Plan
Learning about the color wheel is a "colorful" way to learn Art. Here is an easy lesson plan for them.
Objective: To teach your homeschooler about the spectrum of the color wheel and definitions for the related vocabulary words.
You will need:
Water color paper
container of water
Use a piece of water color draw a large circle, about a 1.5 inches in draw a smaller circle. Separate the inner circle into 6 sections, start with drawing a large X in the center circle, then draw a line down the center. This will give you the 6 sections you will need. In the outer circle draw a line in between the lines from the inner circle. Do not focus on getting the perfect circle shape, playing with color is more important then the correct shape.
Start painting the triangle shapes of the inner circle, start with red, skip a space, then paint yellow, skip a space, then paint blue. In the spaces between the primary colors paint the correct secondary color; orange, green, purple.
On the outer circle paint the correct Tertiary Colors that would be the connecting combination of the 2 colors above it in the inner circle. The six tertiary colors are red-orange, red-violet, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green, and blue-violet.
Using the vocabulary below and discussion by looking at a color wheel. Encourage your child to point out the examples of primary colors and complementary colors.
Primary Colors – The three primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. They are the only colors that cannot be made by mixing two other colors.
Secondary Colors – The three secondary colors are green, orange, and violet. They are each a mixture of two primary colors.
Tertiary Colors – The six tertiary colors are red-orange, red-violet, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green, and blue-violet. They are made by mixing a primary color with an adjacent secondary color.
Warm/Cool Colors – Warm colors include reds, oranges, and yellows. Cool colors include blues, greens, and violets.
Complementary colors- these colors are opposite colors on the color wheel, and they contrast each other. A primary color is always complemented by a secondary color that is the mixture of the other two primary colors. On the color wheel complementary colors are directly across from one another, like red and green.
Analogous colors- these colors are next to each other on the color wheel, and have a color in common. Example: blue, violet and red are all analogous because combining red and blue makes violet.