Color Harmonies



  • Students will create decorative “textile” designs using mechanical lines and combine them in a pleasing design using contrast.
  • Students will identify and create a Monochromatic, Complementary, and Analogous color harmony.
  • Students will paint using contrast and precision.


Tempera paint (red, blue, yellow, black and white)
Paint brushes

Students will  draw three 9″ shapes. (Square, circle, triangle)
Each shape should overlap another shape in some way.

1.The shapes will be designed (filled) as follows: 
A. Shape one is designed by straight lines only. (Design with a ruler.)
B. Shape two is designed by curved lines only. (Design with a compass.)
C. Shape three is designed by both straight and curved lines.

2.The shapes will be painted as follows: 
A. Shape one is painted with a monochromatic color harmony.
(Use one hue and create many tints and shades of the hue.)

B. Shape two is painted with a complementary color harmony.
(Use two opposite hues and paint one tint and one shade of each.)

C. Shape three is painted with an analogous color harmony.
(Use three or more hues next to each other.)

3.After drawings are completed students will create a “key” to follow and label each part of the design with a required color number. (paint by number) Example:
Blue= #1,
Blue tint= #2
Blue tint + tint= #3
Blue shade= #4

4.Students will carefully/neatly paint each section of their design with opaque colors so that the straight or curved lines are evident. 

5. Students will paint each shape with a color harmony that contrasts with the harmony that is overlapped.
Contrast in temperature or values.)