Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rotating Color Wheel

The other art teacher at my school did these last semester and I thought they were fantastic. Sooo it was what I started this semester off with. I printed off a worksheet with the pieces already drawn on them. The students then cut the pieces out and traced them on a piece of poster board. We then divided the circle like a clock (12 & 6, 9&3, then 1 &2, 4&5, 7&8, 10&11) and used a ruler to connect opposite numbers. I then had them outline everything in sharpie and had a discussion on how to lable the colors, starting with primary, then secondary, then intermediate. The arrows were labled as complimentary, triad, and split compliments. I explain the color schemes after they painted and assembled the color wheel. They paint the color wheel, then paint the arrows with textures, and cut everything out. Assemble with brad- color wheel on bottom, then split compliment arrow, then triad, then complimentary. I then explain the arrows by having them point the compliment arrow to a color and they tell me what the compliment is. I did this with all of the arrows and also explain analogous colors. They then use this for their next project...coming up next!
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  1. I've seen a bazillion color wheel lessons but I love that this one includes arrows for color families! This might be my 5th grade beginning of the year project next fall. : )

  2. Very cool "spin" on the Color Wheel Lesson -- I love it!! : )

  3. Hi there! I teach art in California. This project is a fine one, but I have two small suggestions. In order for the student's to have color wheels that turn easily, buy a supply of tiny grommets (readily available in craft or hardware stores} to use as spacers between the brad that holds the arrow and the painted wheel.

    For primary students, I have the class form teams to build an edible wheel that they make by icing cookies and arranging them on a pre-printed place mat of the color wheel. Their "test" comes after the activity when I ask them to eat a primary color-iced cookie, then eat a secondary, and so on. We also photograph the teams with their wheels for our bulletin board.