Near the end of our painting project in the studio I realized that we didn’t have a color wheel up so I had some of our studio staff help me make this color wheel out of water, plastic bags, fishing line and a tension rod.
We have one of the standard art room posters with circles of color and lines connecting the primaries and secondaries. Effective as it is at helping explain how color works, I’m bored of that poster and wanted something new.
One of our volunteers used food coloring to mix the color wheel in cups of water then transfer the water to small zip-top bags we picked up from either Michael’s craft store or from an online shop like Bags & Bows.
Our work study student Lydia reinforced the top of the bags with heavy duty clear packing tape and then poked a hole in the space above the bag’s seal to tie fishing line through. Then she taped a paper circle to the window to use as a guide for tying each bag to the tension curtain rod fitted in the window. She left plenty of extra line on each bag so that she could make adjustments and trim the excess when she was happy with their placement.
Have you or your students ever made a creative color wheel? I’d love to see pictures and maybe share them here! Send your pics to me at email@example.com