Complimentary Color Pattern


This complimentary color lesson is part of my color theory unit, this is one part of color theory. We would have already been taught primary/secondary colors and created a traditional color wheel using watercolor on paper. This is a lesson that I will definitely implement in my class.


                                 Complimentary Color Pattern Lesson Plan

  • 117.302. Art, Level I

(c)  Knowledge and skills

            (1)  Foundations: (A)  (B) (C)  (D)  

            (2)  Creative expression: (A)  (C)  (D)  (F)  

 (4)  Critical evaluation and response: (A) (B) (C)


The student will be able to recognize three sets of complimentary colors and use one set to create a geometric pattern in Google Drawing. 


        The teacher will introduce the students to the three sets of complimentary colors: red/green, blue/orange, purple/yellow. They will also be introduced to the principle of design – pattern, which is part of  rhythm and movement. 

        The teacher will show the students examples of the project from past students and professional artist.   

 Artwork Example I: Blue/Orange Pattern 

  Artwork Example II: Red/Green Pattern

        The students will be shown a short video about google drawing to refresh their memory on how everything works.

         The students will then have the opportunity to google ideas about color patterns to get ideas for their project on their devices. The teacher will create a digital classroom in Google apps for the students to draw in so the teacher and the students may see the progress of work as they are working.


Pick one set of complimentary colors to work with.

Student will create a sketch of how he/she wants the pattern to look.

After teacher reviews sketch, the student will create a pattern in Google Drawing using the set of colors they chose.(formative assessment)  

Upon completion of the project each student will complete a Google Form (digital critique) for three different pieces of work. (formative assessment)  

The students will read their critiques and make any adjustments to their piece they may want. 

The teacher fills out a Google Form for each student. (formative assessment) 

Teacher will project each student’s piece of art individually in front of the class and do a three minute critique for each student. (summative assessment)


Digital Assessment Tool:

 I selected Google Drawing and Google Forms as my assessment tools because they are effective. Every student and teacher can access them for free as long as they have a g-mail account. I can see the students progress anytime I need to and if they are not going in the right direction with the assignment it is very easy for me to suggest ideas for them to consider. The students also like Google Draw because they can share their work with each other to get input, ideas, suggestions, etc.. easily and with causing any classroom disturbances as they would doing a regular drawing in class. Google Forms is a good asset to my assignment because it allows instant interaction and in this assignment, instant  critique results. The students like to see what other students have to say about their artwork so they can improve. I like to see what the students say to one another and let the students know what I think of their piece. At all times the entire class along with myself can be in constant contact, even if they are working on their project outside of class.