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Seventh Grade Lesson on Visual Arts: Exploring Color Theory

Title: Exploring Color Theory through Art

Compliance Standard: Common Core State Standards for Visual Arts

Subject: Visual Arts

Summary: This lesson will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of color theory and how it can be applied in various art forms.

Topic: Color Theory in Visual Arts

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors
  • Understand the color wheel and its significance in art
  • Can create artwork using complementary and analogous color schemes


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of teacher-led instruction, class discussions, and hands-on art activities.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Color wheel posters or printouts
  • Paints (primary colors, secondary colors, and white)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Watercolor paper or canvas
  • Palette or paper plates
  • Color pencils or markers
  • Art aprons or old shirts


Step 1: Introduction to Color Theory (Know)

Begin the lesson by introducing the concept of color theory. Show color wheel posters or printouts to the students and explain the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Discuss how colors can be mixed to create new colors.

Step 2: Understanding the Color Wheel (Understand)

Explain the significance of the color wheel in art. Discuss how complementary and analogous colors can be used to create visual harmony or contrast in artwork. Show examples of famous artworks that demonstrate the use of different color schemes.

Step 3: Creating Artwork (Can Do)

Divide the students into small groups or pairs. Provide each group with paints, brushes, and watercolor paper or canvas. Instruct them to create a piece of artwork using complementary or analogous color schemes. Encourage creativity and experimentation.

Step 4: Reflection and Discussion

Once the students have completed their artwork, have a class discussion to reflect on the process and outcomes. Ask questions such as:

  • What challenges did you face while working with specific color schemes?
  • How did the choice of colors impact the overall mood or message of your artwork?
  • Which color scheme do you prefer and why?

Allow students to share their artwork and explain their color choices.


Assess the students' understanding and application of color theory through the following methods:

  • Observation of students' participation and engagement during class discussions and art activities
  • Review of completed artwork to assess the use of complementary or analogous color schemes
  • Individual or group reflections on the challenges and successes encountered during the art-making process

Provide constructive feedback to students to help them improve their understanding and skills in color theory.

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