Contrasting Colors • Color Theory Art Lesson




Are you tired of students creating art that looks dull and flat? This elementary art lesson on contrasting colors will teach students how to use color complements and value to create stunning and eye-catching artwork!

This lesson is included in most of my Op Art lesson packets because making Op Art is a fun way to put these concepts to use. Of course, you could follow these activities up with ANY lesson of your own where you want colors that POP.


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What’s Inside:

  • PDF Presentation, “Op Art Using Contrasting Colors” (28 pages)
  • Pre and post-assessments (1 page)
  • Color Wheel Worksheet (1 page)
  • Value Worksheet with name label (1 page)
  • Extra Labels (1 page)
  • Teacher Instructions (2 pages)

>>>> for a total of 34 pages!

Here are some of the key features and benefits of Contrasting Colors:

  • Learn about the importance of contrasting colors in creating visually appealing artwork
  • Discover how to use color complements along with the element of art, value, to create more contrast
  • Explore examples of how contrasting colors are used to make fruits and vegetables more appealing
  • Gain a deeper understanding of color theory and how it can be applied in your artwork
  • Use worksheets to select colors to create artwork that stands out from the crowd


This lesson is included in:

• Op Art & the Elements of Art
• Op Art Using Line & Value
Op Art Using Positive & Negative Shapes
Op Art Coloring Pages


I’ve included a version of this lesson with the British spelling of colour and favourite.


More about the PDF Presentation, “Op Art Using Contrasting Colors:

The”Op Art Using Contrasting Colors” presentation looks at how contrasting colors are used in real-life situations to get your attention. Using the grocery store as an example, apples, carrots, and potatoes are used to show how packaging and display surfaces can help their produce appear brighter. The last half of the presentation gives some cautionary examples of how value is also an important element in combining text and background colors.


What happy teachers are saying:


I love this lesson and use it every rotation!

~ Liz A.



This is such a helpful aid when teaching colors.

~ Lindsey S.



This was so easy to use and for the kids to understand.

~ Estelle N.


Don’t let your students’ artwork get lost in the background any longer; help them stand out with Contrasting Colors!



Easily download this zip file with a link that is automatically emailed to you immediately after your purchase, and you can begin learning about contrasting colors right away!


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