Color Theory: Exploring the Color Wheel and Color Harmonies


To use the color wheel to identify and explain color theory terms and color harmonies.

Student-Friendly Learning Target:

I can use a color wheel to identify hues and their related color harmonies.  


Sensational Color – Understanding the Color Wheel: 

Color Wheel – Color Calculator:

Color Game – Method of Action:

Topics Discussed:

  • Color Theory
  • Color Harmonies
  • Color Wheel
  • Primary Colors
  • Secondary Colors
  • Tertiary Colors
  • Triad
  • Complementary
  • Split Complementary
  • Analogous
  • Monochromatic
  • Shade
  • Tint


Follow along with the in-class discussion on the color wheel and color definitions.

  1. After you have watched the tutorials, check out the color calculator to see an easy utility for calculating color harmonies based on a given color.
  2. Next, play the Color Game at the Method of Action website. Try to get the highest score possible for each of the Color Harmony levels.
  3. Take a screenshot (Command+Shift+4) of your highest score. You may replay the color game as many times as you wish to try and increase your final score.
  4. Place the screenshot on the third artboard (lower left) of the Adobe Illustrator document we started last week to complete today’s activity.
  5. The highest score in each class will win a prize!

Assigned: February 10th, 2020
Teacher Pacing Due Date: February 11th, 2020