Color Wheel Lesson
3 Days (90 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

P.2 Demonstrate skillful use of appropriate vocabularies,
tools, instruments, and technologies of the visual,
performing, or applied arts discipline.

Objectives:
  • Students will create their own unique color wheel.
  • Students will demonstrate their painting skills.
Vocabulary Words:

secondary colors, primary colors, tertiary colors

Preparation:
Have primary paints out (red, yellow, blue) paint trays, cups, paint brushes.
(Students will complete color wheel worksheet before project – have copies made for each student)

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of Color Wheel
  • color wheel
  • red, blue, and yellow paints
  • paint trays
  • water cups
  • paintbrushes
  • 20x30” white paper
  • pizza rounds (to trace)
  • black Sharpie marker
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • design worksheet
  • color wheel worksheet

Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • Teacher will demonstrate how to make a design for the color wheel using the design worksheet.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete color wheel worksheet to practice mixing and painting colors.
Procedure:

Day 1:
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Teacher will show examples of the project.
  • Students will complete color wheel worksheet to practice mixing and painting colors.
Day 2:

  • Students will receive and complete the design worksheet and they will choose which design they will use on their color wheel.
  • Students will trace color wheel with the pizza rounds, and cut it out.
  • Students will trace their design 12 times in the appropriate places around the color wheel with pencil.
  • Students may begin painting their color wheel.

Day 3:
  • Students will finish painting their color wheels.
  • Once the paint is dry, students will outline images with black Sharpie maker.

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