Lesson Plan Title : Color Mixing and Color Wheels

Overview and Purpose: Colors and their interaction with one another. Learning the parts of a color wheel

This lesson will introduce students to the different colors and how they interact with one another.
Primary Colors - red, blue and yellow
Secondary Colors - orange, green and purple. Are created by mixing primary colors

Color Mixing with Primary Colors


This project will introduce students to the theory of color with a hands-on experience.
1. Understand Color Mixing
2. Understand the layout of the Color Wheel
3. Understand the order of colors on the color wheel


- Students will learn the primary colors
- Students will mix secondary and tertiary colors from primary colors
- Students will learn about complementary and analogous colors
- Students will draw and paint their own color wheel
- Students will discuss the successful use of color in selected artworks
- Students will learn about the expressive qualities of color
- Students will continue to explore the primary colors
- Students will mix secondary and tertiary colors from primary colors
- Students will show understanding by filling in their own color boxes
- Create a Color Wheel with only the Primary Colors: Red, Blue and Yellow


- pencil
- 10", 5" and 2" circle templates
- ruler
- small container for water
- small size paint brush
- yellow, red and blue paint
- Color Box Sheet
- Paint
- Foam/Shaving Cream
- Pictures of colors
- Glue/tape
- Food coloring



Discuss last lesson- went over the color wheel
Today we are going to build on secondary colors (including primary)

1. Explain and point out primary colors
2. Explain and point out the secondary colors
3. Explain and Point out tertiary colors

Learning Vocabulary :
Achromatic - free of color
Analogous - hues that are next to one another on the color wheel
Chromatic - having color
Complementary - the colors opposite to each other on the color wheel
Cool - the colors on the green-blue side of the color wheel
Hue - another word for color
Monochromatic - having one color
Polychromatic - having many colors
Primary Colors - red, blue and yellow
Secondary Colors - orange, green and purple.
Symmetry - similarity on both sides of a dividing line.
Tertiary Colors - are created by mixing primary colors with secondary colors.
Warm - the colors on the yellow-orange-red side of the color wheel


Showing a color wheel and explaining the vocabulary terms through the model. Showing the students the correct places for the colors, and briefly demonstrating how to build the color wheel that they will be putting together.

Verbally give directions, show students example and give them written directions on board. Check for understanding.

1. Examine the layout of the color wheel
2. Point out how the colors gradually change as eye moves around the wheel
3. Talk about colors that mix together to create a new color

Class Practice:

Letting students create their color wheels with paper, cardboard, scissors, pens, pencils and paints.

Students will fill in the Color Box sheet using a medium of their choice.

1. Mix 2 primary colors together to make a secondary color.
2. Mix a primary and a secondary color to make a tertiary
3. Try mixing other all the primaries together to create a neutral.

Independent Practice:

There will be a in class assignment to fill in the colors of the wheel to measure their progress.

1. Students practice mixing primary and secondary colors
2. When they are comfortable with the mixing they can start on their color wheel.

Differentiated Instruction:

Different Mediums- sensory shaving cream- paint- pictures-. Use computer if needed.
Least restrictive- Verbal cues to hand over hand

1. Crayons of all 9 colors can be used to color the color wheel instead of mixing colors with paint.
2. Primary and secondary colors can be used to create color wheel instead of mixing only with primary colors.

Learning Checkup:

Secondary and primary colors are well differentiated
Color Boxes have the correct color associated with the color name in the box

1. Students create their color wheel with colors in correct order.
2. All primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are present on wheel.
3. Craftsmanship is present

Wrap Up:

We have learned about primary & secondary colors. Ask for examples.

1. Clean up
2. Explain that the color wheel is the basis of any color ever invented a long with neutrals. This will all be covered in future lessons.


1. Students will write a reflection on how they liked/disliked the lesson, what they learned from it, and how this new information is helpful.
2. Collect and look at Color Box to check for learning. Follow- up if needed.