I needed a one-class period project for my 3rd grade students toward the end of the school year. They are always BEGGING for free draw so I compromised- free draw with some stipulations! We quickly reviewed complementary colors using our good friend the color wheel then I told the students they could make a picture of anything they want as long as it was nice for school and only used one complementary color pair (plus neutral colors.) I had markers and crayons available at the tables and I also put out the scrap paper. Most students stuck to the drawing supplies but some got brave and incorporated construction paper.
While the students got started, I played the complementary color song from Songs in the Key of Art. (I'm glad I put the baby to bed before I opened the webpage, I forgot it plays music!) The songs get stuck in your head which is a good thing since it reinforces the material! I ordered the first two volumes and they are at school but I think the chorus is this:
"Red and green look so good to me,
purple and yellow do, too,
Complementary colors next to each other,
What about orange and blue?"
I have about a bazillion more photos to upload to Artsonia and post on here so stay tuned!