Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Color Wheel Painting

A simple and effective way to learn the basics of a color wheel is to make your own. The girls and I recently did an easy art project while learning about primary and secondary colors.

Supplies Needed:
Water color paper
Black permanent marker
Liquid water color (or acrylic paint) in red, yellow, and blue

Before painting, draw a large circle on your paper. We just traced around the edge of a small plate. Next draw the lines to divide your circle in six equal sections. Trace all your lines with a black permanent marker.

Now it's time to paint. We started with our primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), talking about each as we painted. You will be painting each wedge a different color. Each primary color will need a blank wedge next to it.

After painting our primary colors we moved on to our secondary colors. I used an empty ice cube tray to hold our paint so we would have plenty of sections for mixing colors. We looked at our blank wedges and decided what color they needed to be. The wedge in between red and yellow needed to be orange. The girls mixed up some orange paint for that wedge. They did the same with purple and with green. Soon, they had completed color wheels that we plan on hanging in our art room for inspiration and reference.

We've now spent several days talking about color. We went on a COLORful scavenger hunt, read books about color, played in a color mixing lab, and now created beautiful color wheel artwork.

What is your favorite way to play with color?

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  1. Terri, this is great. Can I share a poem with you? Couldn't help but think of it in connection with this post.


    I drew a red box
    And I drew an orange round,
    A yellow sun up in the sky,
    And green grass on the ground.
    I filled in a sky of blue
    Above a wavy purple sea.
    “I’ve just used all the colors,” I said
    That the rainbow gave to me!”

    Then a big kid said,
    “Ha! Don’t you know?
    “Purple’s not right.
    “It’s INDIGO!
    “And VIOLET! Everybody knows that!
    “Red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet. Ha!”

    I was upset.

    Then Teacher asked,
    “Why’s your face so long?”

    “It’s my stupid picture,” I said.
    “The colors are wrong.”

    “Well, let me see,”
    She picked it up.
    “A red box, a yellow sun,
    “Seems right enough.,,,
    “Blue sky, purple ocean,
    “Green grass too.
    “Isn’t this what
    “You meant to do?

    “Did you not want the ball orange?
    “Oh, I see! It’s a fruit.
    “Honey, I think
    “Your picture’s cute!
    “And you used all the colors
    “Of the color wheel too!
    “Isn’t that what
    “You meant to do?”

    “Teacher!” I asked,
    “What’s a color wheel?
    “Is it like a rainbow?
    “Is it something real?”

    She showed me a color wheel in a book.
    I sat for a long time and took a long look.

    There were all my colors.
    So there’s no reason why
    You have to see seven colors
    In the sky
    When you see a rainbow.
    The colors all mix.
    Some say there’s seven.
    But I see six.

    I drew a red box,
    And an orange round,
    A yellow sun up in the sky,
    And green grass on the ground.
    I filled in a sky of blue
    Above a wavy purple sea.
    My picture used the colors
    The rainbow gave to ME.


    I'm just getting started, publishing my work at the age of 59. This is from my collection, "Fun Time Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Poems of Work and Play."
    I admire you young and active moms who are blogging and sharing all your great ideas. Your blog is the BEST, and that is why I subscribed.

    I blog at ReadAloudReadAlong.com. As I say, I am just getting started, and I hope to learn a lot from you!

    Love, Susan Call Hutchison

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely poem Susan! I'm definitely going to share it with my daughters. I know they'll love it. I appreciate all your kind words about my blog. I'm so happy that you're enjoying it.


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