Mix It Up

Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866 – 1944) On White II (Auf Weiss II), 1923 Oil on canvas 41 5/16 × 38 9/16 in. Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris Gift of Mrs. Nina Kandinsky in 1976 AM 1976-855 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/ Georges Meguerditchian / Dist.RMN-GP © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Kandinsky was an instructor at the Bauhaus, whose teaching program emphasized experimentation, form theory, and the direct handling of materials. He was best known for his instruction of color theory. In the visual arts, color theory organizes the colors in the spectrum and their relationships. Colors are categorized on the color wheel into primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors.

Create color wheels with your group. Start by painting the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue). Mix the primary colors to develop the secondary colors: orange (mix red and yellow), green (mix blue and yellow), and purple (mix blue and red). Lastly, mix each secondary color with one primary color to either side to create the tertiary colors. Consider making your color wheels on fabric or paper plates. Get creative with your materials!

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