Art Inspiration: Three Wheeled Colour Wheels


  During my practicum I had the opportunity to do the art lessons with the students. They are older and I wanted to do something that was different and challenging with them. Earlier in the year we created colour wheels but I wanted something they can use in their lives when it came to colouring and/or art. Therefore I created a template for a Three Wheeled Colour Wheel. It is the same as a normal colour wheel with the primary, secondary and tertiary colours, however they would also have two inner wheels that they can rotate and colour coordinate with other colours for their art projects.

Below is a presentation I used to help them create the colour wheels.

First we discussed the primary colours …    

                 – red, blue, yellow

Second the secondary colours …

                 – orange, violet, green

Lastly the tertiary colours …

                 – red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, yellow-green, yellow-orange


  We discussed the colours placement on the wheel and I showed them the template for the back, middle and inner wheels. We also discussed how to create each of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours

The primary colours are 100% of those colours and the others are a mixture of them.

Red is 100% red. Primary

Orange is 50% yellow, 50% red. Secondary

Red-orange is 50% red, 50% orange. Tertiary


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We then went through how the three wheels would look like and then I allowed them to go ahead and paint the wheels. Once they were dry and cut out, we over lapped the wheels and we poked a hole in the centre. We then placed a butterfly clip or round head fasteners in the centre to allow the wheels to rotate, and there you have it.

 Surprisingly the biggest problem was finishing the project on time. I gave them two art lessons to finish and only 2/3s of the class finished the project on time. I did use a rubric to grade the project and I have it below.


Below are a few examples of the wheels from the students and the presentation I used. One of the images is the finished colour wheel with three wheels rotated to align the blue, red and yellow colours to see if they would work well together. The students said they did but they did not know where they would see this combination. Then I showed them, the logo of Superman. Lets just say they got the message about coordinating colours to make your image really standout. Enjoy.

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