Teaching colors is one of the basic building blocks of art class. Whether you’re teaching big kids or little, at home or in a school building, use these printable resources to create a quick and easy bulletin board or reference display!
If you’re looking for resources to teach color theory to your young artists I’ve got you covered. These free printables each print on one 8.5 x 11 paper. That means combining these color families and their labels makes for a quick and easy sizable display perfect for your bulletin board or hallway.
Primary colors and more….
Red, yellow, and blue are the primary colors. The primary colors cannot be created by mixing any other two colors but mixing the three primary colors (plus black and white) will allow you to create any color you can imagine!
Orange, purple, and green are the secondary colors. Mixing two primary colors creates a secondary color.
Create an intermediate color by mixing one primary color and one secondary color. Intermediate colors are always named with the primary color first. Red-orange, red-violet, blue-green- blue-violet, yellow-orange, and yellow-green are all intermediate colors.
Complementary colors are color that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. These colors tend to really “pop” and vibrate when placed next to each other!
Analogous colors are right next to each other on the color wheel.
Each of these color pairs prints on one 8.5 x 11 paper for a great big display!
The warm and the cool…..
Warm and cool colors are concepts I like to cover with young kids. Warm colors are oranges, yellows, and red. They remind me of heat, fire, and the sun. Cool colors include greens, purples, and blues and bring to mind water, ice, and plants.
Even the youngest kids get that colors can bring about a certain mood or feeling and warm and cool colors are the perfect examples of that.
More free resources….
When the display is done check out these posts for more resources for teaching all about color.
This free printable book teaches all about color theory and cover the same color families as the display resources above!
I love using children’s literature to tech about the elements of art. This book list includes lots of great books about color.
Go beyond color and cover all seven elements of art in this free printable book!
Where to get these free resources…..
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