Lesson 2: Color Mixing

6th Grade Art

Time allotted for the lesson: This lesson is designed to be completed over 1 45-minute class period.


Description: In this lesson, the learners will expand on what they have already learned abou the color wheel apply that knowledge to color mixing.  The students will learn about the concepts of additive color mixing and demonstrate their understanding by mixing colors. Using watercolor paints, the students will be painting a color wheel using the primary colors. The students will work with pure hues, black, and white to develop color tint, tone, and shade.


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 understand the concepts of Primary and Secondary Colors
  2.  Students will use the primary colors to mix secondary and tertiary colors
  3. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the color mixing process
  4. Students will mix tints, tones, and shades using pure hue, black, and white.


Instructional Procedures

Lesson Set: The teacher will use a PowerPoint with color graphics to expand on what the students have already learned about the color wheel. The teacher will introduce color-mixing concepts and generate a discussion about the paint mixing process.


Techniques and activities:

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

2.     TTW ask students what they know about color mixing and lead a discussion on the processes of additive color .

3.     TTW show students graphics which illustrate the color mixing process and discuss mixing techniques

4.     TSW engage in discussion and ask questions

5.     TSW use primary color paints to mix the secondary colors on a blank color wheel

6.     TSW use primary and secondary colors to create tertiary colors

7.     TSW use pure hue, black and white to create color tint, tone, and shade

8.     TSW demonstrate proper use of materials and clean up when they finish


Lesson Closure: The students will turn in their completed color wheels for assessment 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: On a separate piece of paper, students who finish early will have the opportunity to “play” with color mixing and create different color combinations and additional tints, tones, and shades. As a remediation, students will have a completed example to refer to while completing their color wheels.


Assessment/Evaluation: The teacher will use an informal formative assessment by walking around and observing the students progress as they mix colors. 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 color wheel using only primary colors, black and white. The student will mix secondary colors, tertiary colors, tint, tone, and shade.