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Colorwheel Bouquet Art Lesson

By on May 25, 2010 | 18 comments

This is a great lesson to teach the colorwheel, reinforce cutting and pasting skills and sharpen color observation and recognition. I did this lesson with my Kinders at the at end of the school year. They had a whole year to become familiar with cutting, pasting and sorting, so they were quite capable of understanding and completing this project. Allow two 40-minute class times.

Art Supplies:

  • Pre-cut rectangles of primary and secondary colors
  • 12″ x 18″ white paper
  • Glue stick, pencil and scissors
  • Scraps of warm and cool colors (I have these separated into 2 boxes)
  • Small square of gray paper
  • small plastic dish or lid for tracing
Using a small round container, trace a circle from the gray paper and place in the center. Then, if you have time, ask the children to make stems and leaves.
Using a poster or other visual aid, discuss the color wheel and how/why colors are arranged. Having worked with colors the whole year, most kids are very familiar with the formulas for making secondary colors.
Place the primary colored rectangles on the student’s desks and show how to cut into a petal. Glue the three petals onto a piece of white paper with the yellow petal pointing to the top. Repeat steps for creating petals for the secondary colors.

Hunting for colors

This is the fun part. I tell my students they are going on a treasure hunt for colors to place in between their petals. I fill two boxes with cool color scraps (greens, blues, painted paper scraps, etc.) and one warm color box. The children are responsible for searching through the box to find the perfect red-orange or blue-green. If they are having trouble understanding this concept (which some of my Kinders were) then we brought over their flower to the scrap box and tried out different scraps.

Kinder colorful colorwheel bouquets!

    18 Comments

  1. This is a great way to evaluate if the kids have "got" this concept. Nice summative assessment :)

    Megan

    May 25, 2010

  2. Hello Patty,
    I'm very happy to have fallen upon your blog! I am an art teacher- and I'm happily not working at the moment so I can raise my little ones. However, I am going to try and volunteer in my daughter's first grade class next year and offer my art teacher expertise- because they don't get to go to art class! I will for sure be to your blog to look for ideas! What a wonderful place you have here- it is so well organized. I will for sure be adding some of these projects to my gigantic binder that my kids long to look at for art projects!

    Heidi

    May 25, 2010

  3. Love this! I will have to do this in the fall! :)

    Paintedpaper

    May 26, 2010

  4. So colorful and fun!! Love it!!

    pink and green mama MaryLea

    May 26, 2010

  5. Hi Patty, I have just started teaching art from Kindy to Yr 10 at a small Christian school in Australia. Your blog has given me so many ideas! I look forward to your new posts, and am so thankful for the time you take to share your ideas with people like me. I have already used several of your lessons, including Giraffes Can't Dance, Wild and Wacky Hair, and Hot Air Balloons. Enjoy your well deserved summer holiday break (as we head into winter!) Amanda

    The Peets

    May 27, 2010

  6. This is so pretty and fun! Thanks for the great idea.

    Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com

    May 29, 2010

  7. This is so pretty and fun! Thanks for the great idea.

    Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com

    May 29, 2010

  8. love this idea. great way to recycle the mad quantities of paper at the end of the year an assess student learning. LOVE IT!

    Ms. Amy

    June 13, 2010

  9. I LOVE, love, love this color wheel flower!!! Can't wait to try it with my kids!

    sara's art house

    June 14, 2010

  10. Ooooh! So pretty! I am a paper fanatic, so this really caught my eye. Thanks for the spark!

    mrspicasso

    June 15, 2010

  11. I am a new fan of your site! 😀 I love this artwork! 😀

    Chris

    January 24, 2011

  12. We’re doing this next week. Or maybe your truck one. I love your site–I’ll link back to you if I post the results!

    Bridgett

    April 13, 2012

  13. Hi, there!
    Thanks, Patty! Your project ideas are wonderful. My students have enjoyed creating many pieces of art from ideas I learned from your blog.
    I used the Colorwheel Bouquet lesson with my kindergarten students. I had many construction paper rectangles of many colors for them to choose to make their flowers. But I had them use crayons and plastic texture plates (8×10 sheets) to make rubbings on their rectangles before they cut the petals. So, even though our papers began as a single color, the rubbings gave a bit more life to the flowers. They loved creating them!

    Margaret

    May 7, 2012

  14. I’m thinking about doing this as a start of the year project in early September. A general ed teacher told me that she thought this would be too hard for kinders. As an art teacher, and having done this project before, do you think it’s too much? She said she didn’t think they could cut out all of the leaves- but if i give them 2 -3 classes to finish -they should be ok right?

    Nichole David

    August 26, 2012

    • It really depends on your group of Kinders. I did this lesson late in the year when the children had lots of experience cutting and pasting, so the process when well. If your children are very young, or if you have a very large class (over 23 Kinders) then make sure you have some parental help. I say go for it as what can happen? So they don’t get all the petals cut. No biggie!

      Patty

      August 26, 2012

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