Color Theory Robots
6th Grade Standard Art/Meets twice a week for 50 minutes.
*Students will demonstrate an understanding of color theory.
* Students will create sketches of robots and chose their best design
to use as a repeated image with different color schemes using colored
* Students will combine their repeated images in a grouping to create a
completed composition that shows 4 different color schemes.
I introduced students to basic
color theory with a Power Point
presentation that included a
game where students had to
identify color schemes used in
paintings and designs.
After the presentation students
completed these worksheets
which served as a reference
guide for their robot project.
Can you identify the color scheme in the image below?
Is it a….
Red, yellow and blue - may not be created by mixing
They result from the mixing of two of the primary
colors. Orange, green, and purple.
Colors ranging between blue-violet and yellow-green
on the color wheel.
Colors ranging between yellow to red-violet on the
Tints (color + white) and shades (color +black) of a
Colors that are opposite of each other on the color
Analogous colors are three colors that are right next
to each other on the color wheel.
This is a slide from the
Power Point game
guessed the color
scheme used in the
Students had studied Andy
Warhol for a previous lesson.
We talked about how he
repeated images in his artwork
and that Repetition is a
Principle of Design.
Students were instructed to
make thumbnail sketches of
robots after discussing robots
used in movies like Wall-E and
Star Wars. They were then to
pick their best design and trace
it in sharpie. This was their
prototype and they traced it four
times onto 5x5 squares.
Using their Color Theory
Worksheet to help them
decide on different pallets,
students chose 4 color
schemes for their robots.
They then colored in each
square with colored
pencils. Once all the
squares were finished
they glued them onto
black paper as seen here.
This student used Warm, Cool, Primary and
I like to have students use their understanding of the Elements of Art we are
studying through projects that allow them some creative thinking within the
skill. Here they demonstrated their knowledge of color theory while creating
their own robots, narrowing down their best ideas and also using repetition.
This was a successful project for every
learning level. Advanced students made
unique or complex robots and used
shading within their color scheme to get
more variation. Most students exhibited
proficient levels in this project. Emerging
student artist were able to complete
successful projects with simplified images
and shading that still exhibited an
understanding of color theory.