Complementary Colors Lesson Worksheet

Complementary Colors Worksheet












Complementary Colors Lesson


  • Students will review the color wheel and identify primary, secondary, and tertiary (intermediate) colors.
  • Students will define and identify complementary colors.
  • Optional: Students will review mixing colors to make all the hues on the color wheel

Color WheelDelivery:

  1. Color Wheel: organized into 3 main groups:
  • Primary: (red, yellow, blue)
  • Secondary: (green, orange, purple: made by mixing 2 primary colors together)
  • Tertiary or Intermediate: (yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, yellow-green: made by mixing one primary color together with one secondary color).

2. Complementary colors are colors that are directly opposite from each other on the color wheel.

  • Primary colors are always complemented with a Secondary color.
  • Intermediate colors are always complemented with an Intermediate color.


Yellow & Violet                     Red & Green                      Yellow-Orange & Blue-Violet

Complementary Color Example

Complementary Color Example

Complementary Color Example







Activity: Complementary Color Worksheet

Students will complete the Complementary Color Worksheet (print on cardstock or heavy paper). Students can use pre-mixed colors or a better option is to have them mix their own colors. This worksheet can be completed with various mediums (paint or pastels, even colored pencil).

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