3rd Grade Color Math: Primary + Secondary = Tertiary!

After remember how to build the color wheel starting with only primary colors, third graders took it a step further and added six colors by mixing each primary with the secondary colors next to it using The Color Factory website on the Smartboard.  These new colors are called the tertiary colors.

We discovered that crayon and colored pencil companies have other names for them, but when we talk about them in art, we say: yellow-green, yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet and blue-green.  We practiced mixing these colors using the free version of ArtRage.  It has a paintbrush tool to apply paint and a palette knife tool that we used to mix the colors.  The students loved it!

Be on the watch for Kenneth Noland-style works that use tertiary colors!


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