The elements of art are building blocks for learning to make, write, and talk about any kind of art. Whether you’re an art teacher, a classroom teacher, or a homeschool mama starting off the elements with a little color theory is an easy and fun place to start!
These free printables combine to make a ten page book covering a variety of color theory topics. Feel free to pick and choose your pages to make a book perfect for the age you are serving and the concepts you are teaching!
Let’s talk about color theory for kids…
Colors are one of the very first things we teach our littles to identify. And it’s also an important building block of art. Score, right? While most kids know their basic colors this book goes a step further and introduces some real color theory but at a level that’s appropriate for elementary through middle school age.
You don’t have to know it all….
As a homeschool mom of four I teach all kinds of stuff that’s not really my area of expertise. I learn beside my kids. It’s good stuff.
I created this printable as a resource for anyone wanting to teach basic color concepts to their kiddo! If you’re an art teacher and you know all the concepts – great! The book is ready to go for you!
Maybe you’re a classroom teacher that is responsible for teaching art or a homeschool mom that’s responsible for teaching everything. Every concept that is represented is also defined which means no background research is needed; just print and go.
What materials do you need….
Some pages require examples of color but no blending. ROYGBIV, primary colors, warm colors, cool colors, and the complementary pages work this way. Use any medium you prefer on these pages; crayons, markers, or paints!
The rest of this color theory for kids book’s pages benefit from using a material that can be blended or mixed. My favorite is paint. Color mixing with plain old tempera paint can be a little magical. Quality colored pencils such as Prismacolor blend well to make new colors, especially for older kids. Oil pastels can blend just like paint too! Use what you have!
More color theory resources…
If you’re working with elementary age students check out this post about children’s books that focus on the art elements. It’s such a fun way to learn…and teach!
For older kids, or maybe a quicker overview, check out this one page color wheel/ color theory printable. This one page printable is a part of a series that includes a one page printable for each element of art!
For an elementary appropriate introduction to all of the elements of art check out this free eight page printable book. One page is devoted to each of the elements of art!
And if you’ve got older elementary age kiddos and up check out these six free color mixing pages for a more in depth experience!
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Pick and choose how to teach color…
There are ten pages in this book. Depending on the age and skill of your student you may or may not want to use all ten pages. They’re all free; just use what you need!
These little elements of art are building blocks for some big things! Introducing big concepts, like color, and building a vocabulary are totally worth the time!