Paint Activities

Painting in Opposites

Create a color wheel to learn about complementary colors.
Create a color wheel to learn about complementary colors.
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Every color has an opposite or complementary color. By painting in opposites, you will create a surprising world.

What You'll Need:

  • Pencil or colored pencils
  • Drawing paper
  • Ruler
  • Newspaper
  • Watercolor or poster paints
  • Paintbrush

Do you know which colors are the primary colors? They are red, blue, and yellow. Which colors are the secondary colors? Mixing the primary colors creates the secondary colors. They are green, orange, and purple. Now that you know which colors are which, draw a color wheel.

Step 1: To create a color wheel, draw a circle on a piece of drawing paper.

Step 2: Use a ruler to divide it into 6 equal "pie" pieces.

Step 3: Label or color in every other "pie" piece as a primary color. Then fill in the opposite secondary colors.

Step 4: Label the "pie" piece opposite of red as the secondary color green. Finish labeling the remaining colors.

Step 5: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 6: Draw a summer scene of a field with flowers and trees. Paint it in opposite colors. Use your color wheel to pick the opposites. For example, your grass will be red, and the sky will be orange with a purple sun. Let the paint dry.

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