This colour theory lesson was the first project of the Year for students in Grades 4-9. It's a great introductory lesson and helps me gauge the ability levels of any new students joining my classes.
There are many versions floating around Pinterest using a hand. I think I saw the original lesson on the excellent website: Art Projects for Kids.
I made a template on two different sized copy paper: 8 x 11 and 11 x 17. Big paper for faster students and smaller paper for those slower 'perfectionist' types. I just enlarged the small paper on the photocopier. We started off by discussing/explaining the concept of concentric circles (Math connection!). The they were to choose an object to draw: it could be anything but just the outline. They didn't want anything too simple yet nothing too complicated as well.
They draw their chosen image nice and large on the paper in pencil; then they could outline
in black Sharpie if they wished.
Because the paper was simply thin photocopy paper, we used markers for the project as I find they work great on copy paper. And because it's the beginning of the year, we had FRESH NEW markers! We know how much kids love those! haha!
We reviewed different basic types of colour theory as options for colouring their image. They could do warm/cool colours, complementary colours and I also gave them the choice of free-styling any colours they wanted because I was actually curious how they would turn out.
I encouraged them to start with either the background or the object and
to start colouring from the center out.
They all came out beautifully and as a display are so bright, cheery and colourful!
Some Grade 4-6 examples:
|warm/cool as well as complementary|