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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Acrylic Paint Colorwheel

Created on October 29, 2022 by rbteachart

Students will create a creative color wheel using Acrilyc paint and only the primary colors.

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SWBAT mix the primary colors to create all of the colors of the color wheel.

SWBAT recognize and explain what primary, secondary and tertiary colors are

1. Acrylic paint in primary colors
2. Paint brushes
3. Pencil and compass
4. Heavy weight paper (or smooth watercolor paper) cut into a 9"x9" square

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1. Use a Ruler & Pencil. Draw lightly. Draw a line from each corner of your paper.
2. Use a compass to draw a large circle.
3. Use a Ruler to divide each section into 3 slices. You should have a TOTAL of 12 slices. The slices don’t have to be perfectly even.
4. Design one of the sections. Keep it simple but creative. REPEAT it all around your circle. Add a design element to help you know where the primary and secondary colors are.
5. Paint in the Primary Colors, Red - Yellow - Blue
Leave 3 spaces in between each color.
6. Mix the paint to create the the Secondary Colors.
The secondary colors are in the middle of the primaries.
7. Mix and paint in the TERTIARY colors. The tertiary colors are in the spaces in between the primary and secondary colors.

Students will be graded on a rubric. They will be assessed based on their creative approach to the design of their color wheel as well as the placement and mixing of the correct colors.

I use this project as an introduction to Acrylic painting. The students become comfortable with the medium, how to use and clean it up and work with it.
The next project is a larger painting. Usually a landscape.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[9-12 Proficient] Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[9-12 Proficient] Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

Color/Value, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape