Interactive Color Wheel Lesson
I was looking for a way to teach my 6th grade art students how to mix colors and create their own color wheel without using the old-fashioned (and somewhat boring) color wheel model. Unfortunately, my web search turned up few results. That's when I came up with the idea for a moveable and interactive color wheel that students could construct themselves.
This is a great project for those kinesthetic learners who like to keep their hands busy! I created my own handout that could be printed off on regular or card stock paper. The handout includes all 12 colors on the color wheel (Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary). The project involves students coloring in each color card using colored pencils, crayons, paint, etc. Then students cut out the cards, hole punch in the designated circle, and secure them together using a brass brad or string. The final product is a color wheel that folds out like a fan and can be arranged into the traditional color wheel layout. Each card is labeled with it's color category and color name. This is a great tool for students when using color in their following projects. I've found it very handy for when students are struggling to choose a color scheme. It was also a great project for Special Ed learners to work on cutting/hole punching skills while also learning to mix the different colors. The lesson only takes two 50-minute class periods and students really enjoy "playing" with their color wheels.
I've included the interactive color wheel handout (print as much as you want!), lesson plans, rubric, and example photos for sale. Check it out in my TeachersPayTeachers online store.
9/18/2016 02:20:06 pm
I like your idea. Just a correction...what you are calling tertiary are actually 'intermediate' colors. Tertiary colors are made from all 3 primaries and result in such muted colors as olive green, brick red, etc. Intermediates are mixed from one primary plus a secondary. There are of course many colors between red and orange and they are all "INtermediate.
8/8/2017 02:38:06 pm
Hello Mrs. Quam- I think your idea is original and creative. Sorry to say I do not agree with Betty on her definition of Tertiary colors. I have a minor in Art and have taught Interior Design at the University level for many years. I have never run across her definition. In fact, if you mix all the primaries equally you will get a muddy mess. However, you can de-intensify a hue with it's compliment (which would be mixing all the primaries) to achieve the muted colors she mentioned. Good job, Mrs. Quam! Keep your creative energy flowing!
I agree with you. I've been an teaching art for 10 years with a bachelors in art and a teaching certificate in art and never have I heard that definition. Tertiary colors are formed when equal parts of one primary and one secondary are created. Such as red and orange to create red orange.
1/6/2020 12:29:33 pm
Tertiary and Intermediate colors are the same thing. It's a mixture of one secondary and one primary color. And yes, I have a Masters in Art.
12/18/2020 11:21:43 am
I agree with Betty. My first degree is in Graphic Design. There is a difference between intermediate and tertiary, and I cringe when the wrong one is stated.
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I am a 7th year high school art teacher in Rochester, MN. I have taught middle school for 2 years and high school for almost 5 years. I truly enjoy working with students on a daily basis. I also enjoy teaching real-world skills such as problem solving, using technology, and the power of teamwork and collaboration. My joy is sharing my passion for art with others!