Color.  It doesn’t get any more basic than that, right? Identifying colors is one of the first things we teach our little ones.  Some of the first sight words learned are the color words.   Color is a language even the smallest people understand.  This free color wheel printable and color theory worksheet is a natural place to start.

Color is basic….

The elements of art are the building blocks for being able to talk about (and create) art.   I believe the elements of art are such great building blocks for a well rounded visual education that I created a huge series of free printables to help you teach them  and a full year visual arts curriculum built on the elements of art! 

Once my kids have an overview of what the elements of art are I like to focus on one element at a time, in a little more depth.  Color is an obvious choice;  who doesn’t love color?

Use this free printable color wheel to introduce your kids to the element of color.This color wheel printable illustrates basic color theory concepts.

Free color wheel printable….

This printable provides an introduction to color theory perfect for the older elementary to middle school gang. It’s done in black and white, with plenty of space for your artists to fill in their own colors!  Markers, paint, colored, pencils, or crayon- almost any media is acceptable for this color wheel printable.

Color theory vocabulary….

The following vocabulary is included; primary colors, secondary colors, warm & cool colors, analogous colors, value, and complementary colors.  Definitions are all right there on your printable for easy referral and independent student work!  I love introducing even my youngest artists to vocabulary like these color theory definitions.  Getting kids used to talking about their artwork and the art of others makes it much easier to keep doing so as they get older!

The big picture…. 

Color seems like such a simple concept.  Even the youngest kids know about colors.  But give your artists time to really sink in and explore the ideas of color theory.  This printable color wheel is just a baby step.  Read books about color, and explore color mixing through process art activities like this and this!

Use this free printable color wheel to introduce your kids to the element of color.This color wheel printable illustrates basic color theory concepts.

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Let’s learn about color together…

Grab your crayons, colored pencils, or oil pastels and let’s learn about color together!  I’ll walk you through creating your own color wheel, ROYGBIV, warm and cool colors, complementary colors, analogous colors, and value.

Use this free printable color wheel to introduce your kids to the element of color.This color wheel printable illustrates basic color theory concepts.

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