Kindergarden Art Theory Lesson

LESSON TITLE: Kindergarten, First Day Art Theory Lesson
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer Schupak
CLASS TIME:             _40_Minutes            _1_Days/week      _2_# Session(s)

Objectives: Students will learn about the color wheel, create their own color wheel with paper and pencil, will learn about primary colors, secondary colors, complimentary colors, warm and cool colors and view an experiment with water and dye mixing to see how secondary colors are made. If there is time left over they can color a color wheel worksheet.

ODE FAACS Standard(s):

K-2 Creative Expression and Communication 1. Explore and experiment with a variety of art materials and tools for selfexpression.
2. Identify and name materials used in visual art.

K- 2 Analyzing and Responding 1. Respond to artworks by pointing out images and subject matter.
2. Relate their own experiences to what they see in works of art.
3. Recognize the similarities and differences between artistic styles.


Vocabulary – Primary Colors – the three baics colors which cannot be made from any other color.

Secondary colors – the three colors which are made from two of the primary colors

Warm Colors – half of the color wheel which has red, orange and yellow

Cool colors – half of the color wheel which has blue, purple/ violet and green

Complimentary colors – colors which are on opposite sides of the color wheel, if you draw a line straight across the color wheel you find it’s color compliment.

Room Arrangement – Students should be seated at a table or desk all facing the teacher and each other in a circle if possible.

Tools – Color wheel, crayons, markers or colored pencils. No. 2 pencils, plain paper, at least 6 clear cups, red, blue & yellow food dye and tap water.

Day 1

Pass out copies of the color wheel to the students and have one read the first line at the bottom of the page pointing out that the primary colors are, red, blue and yellow.

Use the three empty cups and fill mid way with tap water before adding the new colors. Prompt the students to tell you which colors will make the secondary colors. Show them the color transformation in front of their eyes by pouring the two new colors one at a time into the new cup. To help the students visualize the color wheel you can place the cups in a circle. Once all  cups have their colors show them the rainbow it creates and then reaffirm their knowledge by having them color in the color wheel primary colors first then secondary colors. Your students will be wowed by the experiment.

I have personally done this with many young classes and they have really enjoyed the lesson and were able to take away the goals of the lesson.


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