Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A different way to look at the Colour Wheel

During the teaching session today I approached teaching of the colour wheel in a different way. Rather than mixing paints I asked the students to layout the coloured pencils in the order of a colour wheel. I just bunched up and mixed the pencils and got them to put them in the order they thought would form a colour wheel.

The exercise was fun and different. It showed in a physical and tangible way how colours are related to each other irrespective of the names given by the manufacturers. By ordering the pencils in this way the students learned about the 'leaning' of colours one way or the other, i.e. how for instance the colour blue could lean towards a green, such as cerulean blue, or it could lean towards the red in the case of the ultramarine.

Why not have a go yourself and let me know what you think?

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