Colour Art Resources for Teaching Colour Theory

By The Arty Teacher - April 7, 2019

Color Art Resources – Color Theory

How to teach colour theory?  It’s a big question and one all art teachers need to know the answer to. There are so many different ways to do it. This blog post features all the colour art resources available on The Arty Teacher.  Note that each resource always comes with two versions.  One with the spelling ‘colour’ and another with the spelling ‘color’.

First up is this free colour wheel.  The outside wheel has 12 sections which is essential for teaching color theory.  It labels primary, secondary and tertiary colours.  I laminate these so I can use them again and again.

color wheel

The colour wheel pattern resource below is a different and interesting way to teach students about the colour wheel and colour theory.  Students can simply colour the colour wheel or you can teach them about gradation.  This comes with the good example that you can see below.

colour art lessons

The colour schemes art lesson below asks your students to colour the patterned circles using harmonious or analogous, complementary and monochromatic colours.  It’s a great way to instill this knowledge in your students and makes a striking page in a sketchbook.

Colour Schemes Art Lesson

The complementary colors worksheet (below) which includes a small 12 sections color wheel asks students to colour in the shapes using only complementary colors.  It makes a really attractive sketchbook page or display.  It comes with a lesson plan in case you want to use it as a sub lesson.

color wheel complementary colors

‘Analogous Colors’ worksheet and below, ‘Harmonious Colours’ worksheet, asks students to use these color schemes to color in the shapes.  Both come with a lesson plan should you wish to use this as a sub lesson.

color wheel analogous colors

Teaching about Harmonious Colours

Three Ways to Teach Tints and Shades

Click an image to learn more.

Teach tints and shades colour theory

teaching tints and shades color theory

Once you’ve taught your student different aspects of colour theory, you may want to test their knowledge.  If so, the resource below is just the ticket.colour theory exam

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Click the image below to go to a free color game that you could use with your students.  It makes a great extension activity if your students have access to a computer or iPad.

color wheel color game

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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8 responses to “Colour Art Resources for Teaching Colour Theory”


    Muito bom seu trabalho!!!! parabéns!!!!

  2. DonaldCrane says:

    I am a new member. I teach Commercial and Advertising Art in Pennsylvania, USA. Love these. Fantastic resources. Thank you.

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      Donald, Thank you for taking the time to leave this positive feedback. I’m glad to hear you appreciate the resources 🙂

  3. marinelataylor says:

    I love these! Once again, you’ve helped me out! Thank you, Sarah 🙂

  4. Carmen Pedroni says:

    Looks fantastic!

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