EXPLORING COLOUR – Creating a Colour Wheel

Students create a colour wheel by mixing and matching colours using oil pastel, tempera paint and magazine pictures.

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EXPLORING COLOUR – Creating a Colour Wheel


  • Crayola Oil Pastels - 16 Colours
  • Crayola Tempera Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Round Headed Fasteners - 1 per student
  • Plastic Container Lids - 2 per student
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Magazines
  • Cardstock Paper - White - 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11") - 1 piece per student


Step 1
  1. Use oil pastels to colour the small inner shapes of the wheel on the template.
    - primary colours - red, blue, yellow
    - secondary colours - orange, violet, green
    - tertiary colours - red-orange, yellow-orange; blue-green, yellow-green; red-violet, blue-violet
Step 2
  1. Mix tempera paint to colour the outer shapes of the wheel.
  2. Take a very small amount of 2 primary colours to start.
  3. Put the paint on a plastic lid.
  4. Paint a primary colour in two of the large circles.
  5. Mix the secondary colour to match the oil pastel colour between the two primary colours you painted.
  6. Mix the tertiary colours to match the oil pastel colours between the primary colours and the secondary colour.
Step 3
  1. Use a second plastic lid for the rest of your colours.
  2. Make sure you get clean water and wash your brush before you start.
  3. Put the third primary colour plus one of the others on the new lid.
  4. Work from both lids to mix the remaining colours in the wheel.
  5. Each time you start mixing a new pair of primaries start with clean water and a clean brush.
Step 4
  1. Choose a theme.
  2. Find pictures in magazines to match the theme in the colours of your wheel.
  3. Fill the inside space with pictures in colours that match the outside colours.
  4. Glue the pictures down flat and smooth.
Step 5
  1. Cut out the spinner at the bottom of the template.
  2. Attach it to the centre of the colour wheel with a paper fastener.
  3. Use it to find complementary colours.
Illustrated Crayon Character