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Unit: Elements of Art: Color

Day 1: Lesson 1: Colorwheel



  • Students will learn about the definition and characteristics of color by watching a PowerPoint presentation about color.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of color by participating in a group discussion/question and answer session.
  • Students will look at images of color wheels and will discuss color relationships on the wheel.
  • Students will be able to identify the primary colors, secondary colors, and intermediate colors. 
  • Students will be able to define and identify complementary colors, analogous colors, warm colors, and cool colors, monochromatic colors.
  • Students will do a worksheet where they create their own color wheel using only primary-colored pencils to create all the colors on the wheel.  
  • Students will learn about color mixing by only using primary colors to create all the colors on the color wheel.


  • Color- what the eyes see when light is reflected off an object
  • Hue- the name of a color
  • Primary colors- red, blue, and yellow; no colors can be mixed to make these colors
  • Secondary colors- green, violet, and orange; the primary colors are mixed together to make these colors. 
  • Intermediate colors- yellow-green, yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green; these colors are created when the secondary colors are mixed together.
  • Value- lightness or darkness of a hue
  • Tint- adding white to a color to make it lighter
  • Shade- adding black to a color to make it darker
  • Intensity- the brightness or darkness of a hue
  • Monochromatic color scheme- using different values of the same hue
  • Analogous color scheme- three colors that are side by side on the color wheel and share a common hue.
  • Warm colors- red, orange, yellow; remind us of warm things
  • Cool colors- blue, green, and violet; remind us of cool things


  • Color wheel worksheet
  • Colored pencils- primary colors only                                                
  • PowerPoint on color                                                                      

Key Questions:

  • What is color?
  • What are the three properties of color?
  • What are the primary colors?
  • What are the secondary colors?
  • What are the intermediate colors?
  • What is another word for color?
  • What is value?
  • What is it called when you add white to a color?
  • What is it called when you add black to a color?
  • What is intensity? 
  • How can you dull a color?
  • What are the major color schemes?
  • What does monochromatic mean?
  • How many colors are included in the analogous color scheme?
  • Where are analogous colors located on the color wheel?
  • Can anyone give me an example of analogous colors?
  • What are complimentary colors?
  • Can anyone give me an example of complimentary colors?
  • What are the warm colors?  Cool colors?
  • What do warm colors remind us of?
  • What do cool colors remind us of?
  • Why is it important to study about color?
  • Where do you see color in the world around us?


  1.  Teacher will present PowerPoint on color.
  2. Students and teacher will discuss color and have question and answer session.
  3. Teacher will talk about the color wheel and how the colors relate to one another on the color wheel.
  4. Students will each have a red, blue, and yellow colored pencil (teacher will have these on all tables before students arrive).
  5. Teacher will hand out worksheets with blank color wheel outline.
  6. Students will use colored pencils to mix colors to create color wheel.  Students must be sure that their colors are in the correct order.

Color Wheel Worksheet

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