Unit of Instruction



Subject Area: Art

Grade Level: 6th Grade

Unit Name: “Color Theory”




Unit Goals

As a result of this unit, students will be able to:


Curriculum Related Goals:

This unit will align with state and district art standards including, but not limited to:

·         AR-06-02-04- VALUE Color Tints and Shades:  The students will identify tints and shades of one color as a monochromatic color scheme

·         AR-06-02-03- Color: C-CS -  Critical-Assessment at content standards. Student will understand color as an element of art.

·         AR-06-01-06 Creative expression through production Student will demonstrate solutions to given problems, select and individual conclusion for each assignment and produce an end result for each

Student Characteristics:

This unit is designed for 6th grade art students. Students will learn and apply color theory principles (cognitive), plan and create a unique piece of artwork (affective), students will mix colors and paint (physical), and discuss content with peers (social).

Student’s Present Level of Performance and Knowledge

Most students have prior art class experience. Students are familiar with color names groupings.  Students have experience in classroom painting procedures and expectations.  Students have experience painting with watercolors.  Students are familiar with multimedia presentations, and the use of a starboard as an interactive teaching tool.


Classroom Layout and Grouping of Students

Classroom contains 7 tables for students to be placed at with 3-4 students per table.  Students are assigned seats by teacher and grouped by ability levels (high and low ability students placed together). Students have materials and resources accessible to them throughout the classroom in specified areas.

Introductory procedures

Students will participate in an interactive lesson on color. Students will answer questions and discuss what they know about color theory. Student will watch a video on color symbolism. Students will view a completed project which demonstrates unit goals


Materials and Media

·         Starboard: visual presentation, interactive lessons, viewing videos and examples

·         Document Camera: whole class demonstrations

·         Art Supplies: Paint, paper, brushes, water basin, towels, rulers, crayons, pencils

·         Color wheel: visual aids

·         Computer with internet connection

·         Computer software: Powerpoint, starboard, internet access


Specific Visuals Implemented

1.           Graphic for primary colors

2.           Graphic for Secondary colors

3.           Graphics for warm and cool colors

4.           Graphic to demonstrate how to mix tint, tone, and shade

5.           Chart for creating a color wheel

6.           Image depicting how to create box letters

7.           A color wheel for color mixing math

8.           Typography for visualizing color schemes

9.           Graphic for step-by-step project process


Assessment and Evaluation of Learner Understanding

Formative assessments for this unit include: questioning, verbal reviews, discussions, informal observation, demonstration of skills

Summative assessment: Student evaluation on group work and color mixing activity, Rubric evaluating project objectives

Students will demonstrate understanding of the principles of color theory by completing specific tasks as part of the process for creating an individual piece of artwork. Students will identify and apply specific skills in order to progress onto each new step throughout the unit. Evaluation will be based on the quality of the work as demonstration of understanding key concepts.