Part of Unit: Intro to Art Theory and Fundamentals
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Of all the design elements, color is the most fascinating and powerful of the elements of art. Color excites emotions and enriches our lives. Color is a tool you can use when you are designing and creating your art.
In this lesson students will explore color theory with online interactive websites.
- 30 Minutes
- Color in Motion Video
- 25 Minutes
- Interactive web sites
- 1 Class Period
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- AME.A.A220.127.116.11 Proficient - Identify and use the principles of design to discuss, analyze, and ...
- AME.A.A18.104.22.168 Advanced - Describe the use of the elements of art to express mood in one or mor...
- AME.A.A22.214.171.124 Proficient - Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the ...
- AME.FS.10.6 Know the appropriate skills and vocabulary of the art form.
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- VA.9-12 (advanced).AP.DPSVAV.1.1 Analyze and discuss complex ideas, such as distortion, color theory, arbitrary c...
Objectives and Goals
- Students will learn about the expressive qualities of color
- Students will learn the primary colors
- Students will learn the secondary and intermediate colors
- Students will learn about complementary and analogous colors
Activities in this Lesson
- Color in Motion - Hooks / Set
As students come into the classroom they are given a color chart with 15 small squares of color. Instruct students to write 3 descriptive words on the the chart next to each color in the space provided.
Have students jot down any symbolic meaning they think of when they see the color. Have students list any emotions that come to mind with that color - how the color makes them feel. They can also write any words that they associate with that particular color such as-optimistic, dynamic, energizing etc.
Collect the color charts and discuss student response to the colors, then play the Color in Motion animation a flash video about the symbolic and emotional relationships of color theory.
- Color in Motion [ Go to Site ] Interactive color theory web site
- Meaning of Color Blank [ Download ] Student hand out with space for notes
- Meaning of Color [ Download ]
- Color In Motion [ View Flash ] [ Download ] Color symbolism animation
- Color in Motion-Writing Prompt.pdf [ Download ] Writing prompt for animation
- Lab Work Interactive web activities- color theory - Demo / Modeling
Computer lab work.
Students explore interactive web activities that visually illustrate a variety of color theory models.
- Color Matters [ Go to Site ] Basic examples of color schemes
- Color scheme designer [ Go to Site ] Interactive Web site to create color schemes
- Poynter [ Go to Site ] Interactive color theory web site
- Color in Motion [ Go to Site ] Interactive site on color and symbolism
- Colors in Motion.swf [ View Flash ] [ Download ] Colors in Motion animation
- Assessment Types:
- Rubrics, Projects, Writing Samples, Teacher-Made Test, Observations,
Students will be able to discuss the expressive qualities of color
Students will be able to identify the primary colors
Students will be able to identify the secondary and intermediate colors.
Students will be able to identify complementary and analogous colors
Students will be able to conduct research online for additional information that further illustrates the concepts being addressed.
- color quiz.pdf [ Download ] Vocabulary Quiz-Color
- Analogous Colors
- are any three colors which are side by side on a 12 part color wheel, such as green,yellow-green, yellow, and yellow,yellow-orange,orange. Usually one of the three colors predominates.
- The visual sensation dependent on the reflection or absorption of light froma given surface. The three characteristics of color are hue, value, and intensity.
- Color Relationships
- Also called color schemes or harmonies. They refer to the relationships of colors on the color wheel. Basic color schemes include monochromatic, analogous, and complementary.
- Color Theory
- An element of art. Color has three properties: hue, value, and intensity.
- Complementary colors
- Colors opposite one another on the color wheel.Red/green, blue/orange, and yellow/violet are examples of complementary colors.
- Cool Colors
- Colors suggesting coolness: blue, green, and violet
- Elements of Art.
- Sensory components used to create works of art: line, color,shape/form, texture, value, space
- Refers to the name of a color (e.g., red, blue, yellow, orange).
- Also called chroma or saturation. It refers to the brightness of a color(a color is full in intensity only when pure and unmixed). Color intensity can bechanged by adding black, white, gray, or an opposite color on the color wheel.
- Intermediate Colors
- Intermediate colors, sometimes called tertiary colors, are made by mixing a secondary and a primary color together. Some examples of intermediate colors are yellow-green, blue-green, and blue-violet.
- A color scheme involving the use of only one hue that can vary in value or intensity.
- Neutral Colors.
- The colors black, white, gray, and variations of brown. They are included in the color family called earth colors.
- Primary Colors.
- Refers to the colors red, yellow, and blue. From these all other colors are created.
- Secondary Colors.
- Colors that are mixtures of two primaries. Red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, and blue and red make violet.
- Color with black added to it.
- Color lightened with white added to it.
- Warm Colors
- Colors suggesting warmth: red, yellow, and orange.
- Color Vocabulary [ Download ]
Program Information and Grade Levels
- 9 to 12
- Industries and Pathways:
- Arts, Media & Entertainment