A Study of
Primary and Secondary Colors
After exploring color mixing, students at Mill Brook School then learned about two important ways to group colors: Primary and Secondary colors. During our color mixing, students found that there are three colors you can't mix yellow, red, and blue. These colors are called primary colors and when they are mixed together they create purple, green and orange which are know as secondary colors.
To help second graders better understand this concept, we looked a Wassily Kandinsky's concentric circle painting. Students observed the colors he used in his painting.
(Images above from left to right: Squares with Concentric Rings and Portrait of Wassily Kandinsky)
Then students created their own inspired painting from his work. First, we folded the paper into eight sections. Then we started making oil pastel circles using only secondary colors.
Then we filled in our white spaces in each section using only primary colors with tempera cakes.
Here are our beautifully finished rainbow colored circles!