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?
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 little people 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….
I will be using this color wheel printable (as well as my elements of art printable) as part of a book we are making at the homeschool co-op art class that I teach. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be sharing a new element of art printable each week. Feel free to use them independently or save ’em up for a more comprehensive coverage of the elements of art!
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!
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