Sunday, June 5, 2011

3rd Grade Complementary Color Pictures

 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!


  1. Neat Idea-Complementary Colors is a great tune!

    I'd love to come to your school and play it for you...


    Greg Percy

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! It would be awesome if you could come to school. Maybe someday the budget will be in better shape!