My Many Colored Wheels

The Color Wheel shows the relationships between the colors. The three primary colors are red, yellow, and blue; they are the only colors that cannot be made by mixing two other colors.

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The three secondary colors are green, orange, and violet; they are each a mixture of two primary colors. Their hue is halfway between the two primary colors that were used to mix them.

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On the color wheel, the secondary colors are located between the colors they are made from.

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The six tertiary colors (red-orange, red-violet, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green and blue-violet) are made by mixing a primary color with an adjacent secondary color. On the color wheel, the tertiary colors are located between the primary and secondary colors they are made from.

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Black, white and gray are not true colors (or hues). They are considered to be neutral, achromatic colors.

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To integrate this concept into our Many Colored Days unit, we decided to mix two primary colors to create a secondary color!

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Using homemade chalk (cornstarch and water), we mixed yellow and blue, and excitedly watched to see the result!

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