Warm and Cool Color Exercise
Create a unique design with oil pastels and tape while learning the difference between warm and cool colors!
- Glue Stick
- Painter's Tape
- White card stock
- Construction paper
Step 1. Gather your supplies.
Fold your Canvas Paper in half, open it and cut along the crease to make two pieces. For this craft, we will use warm colors on one half and cool colors on the other half.
Rip off a piece of low tack tape, such as painter’s tape, and stick it anywhere on your paper.
Continue adding different sized pieces of tape to your paper, overlapping the pieces as shown.
Identify warm colors in your oil pastel pack. This includes yellows, oranges and reds. Warm colors are usually seen in warm places, like the sun or in a flame. Start with the lightest warm color, yellow and color the entire paper, going over the tape. Tip: If your hands get tired from coloring, it’s okay to take a break for a few minutes.
Once you have covered the whole paper with the yellow, gently remove the painter’s tape. You will see white where the tape covered the paper, like a mask.
Repeat steps 3-4. It’s okay to cover over both the white and yellow parts of the paper.
Choose the next warm color in the color wheel, orange. Use the orange oil pastel to cover all the exposed areas of the paper that are not covered in tape. It’s okay to cover over the yellow design.
Remove the tape. You will now see areas of yellow and white showing through in a cool design.
Repeat Steps 3-6 using the next warm color in the color wheel, red. It’s okay to cover over the white, yellow, and orange parts of the paper. Remove the tape to reveal your final warm color design.
Repeat the above steps on the other half of the paper, this time using cool colors. Think of cool colors as ones you’d find in a cold area, such as blues, greens and purples. Start with your lightest cool color and end with the darkest.
Glue your warm color collage on red Construction Paper and your cool color collage on blue Construction Paper for a finished look.
Pair this craft with a discussion on cool and warm colors. Walk around the classroom or your house and have your children identify objects that are cool or warm colors.