Color Study #1

TEACHER NAME: Jennifer November
GRADE LEVEL: 7th & 8th
CLASS TIME: _1 hr 45_Minutes _1_Days/week _2_# Session(s)
SUBJECTS COVERED – Color Theory, Various Color Combinations

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Students will understand how best to manipulate acrylic paints, keep them vicious and apply them to canvas or other surfaces.

Students will be able to mix colors and create mixed color from local colors (colors from the tube).

Students will understand how to mix colors to create their own colors for an image.

Students will create a color chart of, triadic, analogous, split complimentary and monochromatic combinations. This chart will be used as a reference for paintings later.

Student will know how to prepare a pallet.

Students will be able to apply color techniques to create any color they see.

Students will be able to create tints of mixed colors, shades of mixed colors and grays from colors and white.

Once the students are comfortable with creating colors we will begin painting with acrylics. Our first lesson in acrylics and color theory will be to have them create a homogeneous pallet of colors. I will have each student choose an emotion and they will have to keep it a secret. I will have them mix colors that they feel could represent that emotion. (i.e. love; pink, red, violet, sadness; blue, grey etc.) We will create a 6×6 one inch square grid of colors that they can paint their pallet onto. They will use painters tape to create crisp lines and paint in layers. They will learn to let paint dry, create layers and the tightness of a structured painting. Once they have completed their work they can have each other guess which emotion each was trying to convey.

Students will be able to create a homogenous pallet.

Students will be able to create an abstract layout of colors


  • Primary colors, acrylic paint
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • 11×14 Bristol Board
  • Pencil
  • Water jar
  • Disposable pallet paper or plastic pallet
  • Pallet knife
  •  Masking tape (to tape down project and pallet)


Colors: the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.

primary colors – red, blue & yellow, these colors cannot be created from any other color.

secondary colors – orange, green and violet, these colors are created from mixing two primary colors

intermediate color – a color made from mixing a primary and a secondary color, ie. yellow orange & yellow green

monochromatic colors – all colors of a single color, tints, shades of one hue

analogous colors – colors which are next to each other on the color wheel, ie; yellow, yellow orange, orange

split complimentary colors – using the color wheel, a primary or secondary color and its opposite color split on either side of its opposites color, ie. yellow, red violet and blue violet, or yellow green, red and violet


McCloud, Kevin. Choosing Colors: An Expert Choice of the Best Colors to Use in Your Home. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2003. Print.

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