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Warm and Cool Colors

Level: Primary
Grades: K-2 | Age: 5-8 | Written by: Maryanne Messier
[Maryanne is a teacher from Janesville Wisconsin.]

Students will learn the difference between warm and cool colors.


This Art Book was created to help art educators by giving them another form of assessment. So many times we as art educators find it difficult to assess a child's progress when projects are sent home. By using portfolio assessment it is easier to judge a child's progress because you can see it from beginning to end.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Review the primary and secondary colors with students. Talk about how these colors can also be grouped in another way. Warm and cool.

  2. Talk about things that make us feel warm and what colors they are. Like the sun is yellow and makes us feel warm, fire has yellow, read and orange and also makes us feel warm. Do the same for the cool colors (blues, greens and blue-violets).

  3. Once students have an understanding, explain that they are going to draw pictures that make them feel warm and cool using only the warm and cool colors. Remind them that if they are going to use red, yellow and orange (warm colors) they must draw something that is warm. The same with greens, blues and purple (cool colors).

  4. After the students have drawn their pictures using their markers (they always seem to love to use their markers) have them glue their pictures onto the large construction paper.

  5. Then hand out the Warm/Cool colors handout. Have them color in the words "Warm and Cool" and then round the corners to fit on the page. Glue and then date the back.

    You have another completed another page in your art book.

Go to Page Five (Neutral Colors)

Related Lessons and Resources:

Warm/Cool Color Handout
The Art Book - Index

Recommended Books/Products:

Teaching Art to Young Children ages 4-9
by Robert Barnes

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