Color Theory Basics



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Introduction 1:02

The Basics of Color Theory

What Is Color Theory? 1:57

Teaching Color Theory in Multiple Parts 2:02

Applying Theory to Multiple Materials

Using Experimentation to Teach Color Knowledge 3:04

Working with Paint and Model Magic 3:22

Mixing Color with Play Dough 3:54

Experimenting with Paint

Mixing Paint Without a Mess 2:12

Games, Organization, and Documenting Learning

Games to Teach Color Theory 3:56

Additional Ideas for Exercises and Organization 5:57

Documenting Student Learning 1:37

Color Theory Activities

An Additional Activity for Secondary Students 1:51

Emotion, Color Schemes, and Beyond

Color and Emotion 4:25

Teaching and Working with Color Schemes 3:41

More Advanced Ideas 1:36


Conclusion 2:55

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Color Theory Basics

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Discover the basics of color theory as well as advanced applications.

  • 2 Learn how to incorporate color theory into a variety of mediums.

  • 3 Apply these strategies and techniques for any age/grade level.

Color theory is a vital part of any art curriculum. No matter what level you teach, implementing the science of color along with its application in a variety of mediums is essential. Discover the best strategies for introducing theory, experimenting with color mixing, and engaging activities to support learning. Walk away with the confidence to teach your students the ins and outs of this art curriculum basic.

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
4.2 Demonstrates willingness to expand content knowledge of media
4.3 Scaffolds instruction to provide a deeper understanding of art media

Johanna Russell

Johanna Russell

PRO Facilitator and Middle Level Art Teacher

Johanna Russell has been teaching since 2003 and is always seeking to improve her craft through non-traditional avenues of research, thought, and teaching practice. She believes the mental capacity for creativity and divergent thought will be essential for the futures of our students and that the best place for students to learn to think differently is in the art room.


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