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Unit: Color

Project: Objects in Color

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Learning Objectives:

Students will... learn the concept of color.  The student will learn the concept of color theory.  The student will learn the concept of color schemes.  The student will learn how to effectively use the color wheel.


Part One

  • Color Theory Painting Guides 

  • Plastic palettes

  • Tempera paint

  • Nylon brushes

  • Water

  • Cups

Part Two

  • Materials listed above, plus

  • Gray drawing paper

  • Still life objects


Lesson 1: The teacher will present the video entitled "Color" from "The Secrets to Drawing" video series. Teacher will then lead students through the painting of the "Activity worksheets" while leading the class through the presentation entitled "Color". 

Lesson 2: Students will choose an object to draw from observation. Drawings should be contour line drawings on toned 12" by 18" drawing paper. Objects should be drawn from multiple angles to create an interesting composition. When the drawing is complete, the image should be divided into 3 different sections. Each section should be painted with a different color scheme. Students should use a full range of value to complete the painting.



Color - An element of art that refers to reflected light.

Color wheel - Invented by Sir Isaac Newton, the color wheel represents the color spectrum bent into a circle.

Primary colors - The most basic colors: red, blue, and yellow. These colors cannot be produced by mixing but are used to mix all other colors.

Secondary colors - Colors that are made by mixing equal parts of two primary colors. Orange, green, and purple are secondary colors.

Tertiary colors - Colors that are made by mixing equal parts of a primary color and a secondary color. Red-purple, blue-purple, red-orange, yellow-orange, blue-green, and yellow-green are tertiary colors

Neutral colors - Black, white, and gray are neutral colors. When these colors with colors on the color wheel they affect the value and intensity of the color.

Color Schemes
Monochromatic - literally means one (mono) color (chroma). So a monochromatic color scheme is made up of one color and it’s shades and tints.

Complementary colors - Colors that are positioned directly across from each other on the color wheel. Ex. Blue and orange, red and green, yellow-green and red-purple

Analogous colors - are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Ex. Blue, blue-green, green, and yellow-green; red, red-purple, purple, blue-purple.

Color triads - consist of three colors found on the color wheel that are equally spaced apart from each other. Ex. Red, blue and yellow or orange, green and purple.

Split-complementary - a color scheme that is made up of a color and it’s complements closest analogous colors. Ex Blue, yellow-orange and red-orange. Red-orange, red-purple, green

Warm colors - colors that are usually associated with warm things. Ex. Red, yellow, orange

Cool colors - colors that are usually associated with cool things. Ex. Blue, purple, green

Reflection Questions:

1. What object did you choose to draw and why?
2. What color schemes did you use? Explain.
3.What three principles of design are used in your artwork? Explain.
4. How did you show creativity in following directions? 
5. How did you complete the artwork using the three grounds? 


1. Theme-Colored Objects

2. Technique-Painting

3. Principles

4. Following Directions 

5. Craftsmanship 

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