Monday, September 26, 2011

The Color Wheel - with Roy. G. Biv

All art teachers are good friends with ROY G. BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.)  This illustration project helps it stick with my fourth grade students.
We start by taking “notes” of the color wheel.  I show them how to draw a simple color wheel using two triangles.  We then talk about primary and secondary colors.  The kids have been exposed to this before so some of them know it, but some don’t remember, so its a good review. Then we move on to Roy G. Biv. 
I wrote this little poem about Roy, which I read to them SLOWLY as they take notes about what Roy is wearing.  
Here is the poem:
This is the tale of Roy G. Biv,
Funniest looking man who ever lived:
There once was fellow 
Whose skin was quite yellow,
With orange hair and a
Bright red hat!
His shirt was a green 
That you couldn’t miss seeing. 
Can you imagine that?
He wore pants of blue,
Indigo socks, too,
And violet shoes 
That did not match.
When you see him you’ll wonder
If he can be real...
But he is...’cause he’s dressed
Like the color wheel!
They are then asked to draw a picture of what Roy looks like and color it as the poem directs.
To throw a little extra personal creativity in there, students are given colored slips of paper to add to their drawings in whatever way they see fit.  Some add it to Roy, while others include it in the background.

This project is a great way to have a little fun with illustrating a poem and learning the color wheel at the same time!