Lesson 3: Name Color Wheel

6th Grade Art

Time allotted for the lesson: This lesson is designed to be completed over 3 45-minute class periods.


Description: In this lesson, the learners will expand on what they have already learned about the color wheel and color mixing to create an original piece of art. The students will learn about designing text and apply knowledge of color mixing and the color wheel for this project. Using watercolor paints, the students will be painting a color wheel using the primary colors, and according to color schemes.


State Curriculum Standards met in this lesson:

·           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.


Instructional Objectives:

  1. Students will design text to write their name
  2. Students will understand the concepts of Primary and Secondary Colors
  3. Students will use the primary colors to mix secondary
  4. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the color mixing process
  5. Students will place colors on their project according to a complimentary color scheme


Instructional Procedures

Lesson Set: The teacher will show students example of the finished project before gathering students for a step-by-step demonstration of how to create the project.


Techniques and activities:

1.     TTW begin the lesson by reviewing material the students already know about primary colors, secondary colors, and the color wheel.

2.     TTW show students an example of the project they will be making.

3.     TTW demonstrate how to create boxed letters. The teacher will distribute graphic instructions to the students to refer to while working.  

4.     TSW design text for their project using their name

5.     TTW demonstrate how to divide the paper to create 6 sections.

6.     TTW provide students with a graphic to refer to while they work.

7.     TSW divide their paper into 6 sections

8.     TTW demonstrate how students will paint the background with the primary and secondary colors.

9.     TSW paint their backgrounds

10.  TTW review the complimentary color schemes with students

11.  TTW demonstrate how to paint the letters using complimentary colors.

12.  TSW paint their letters according to the instructions



Lesson Closure: The students will turn in their completed color wheels for assessment and clean up materials.


Adaptations: Students with special needs will have adaptations provided as described in their specific individualized education plan.  General accommodations include necessary seating for visual and hearing needs, information will be provided in visual and text form, and extra time or reinforcement will be provided for understanding.


Supplemental Activities: Students who finish early will have the opportunity to create another color wheel on a smaller scale using what every text they choose. As a remediation, students will have a completed example to refer to while completing their color wheels and students will be given extra time.


Assessment/Evaluation: The teacher will use an informal formative assessment by walking around and observing the students progress as they paint. The teacher will also use discussion and questioning to gage the students’ understanding throughout the lesson. At the end of the lesson the teacher will collect the students’ painted color wheels and assess them for the quality of the work as well as how well they demonstrated understanding of the concepts.



Learner Products: The students will create a personalized color wheel using only primary colors to demonstrate understand of secondary colors and complimentary colors.