Lesson 4: Colour 1: Making colours

Children are introduced to the primary colours of red, blue and yellow through the use of Play-Doh and learn how they can be mixed to make secondary colours

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To learn about colours

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need reminding of the primary colours needed to create the secondary colours.


Pupils working at greater depth: Will remember how they made the secondary colours.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate of art in schools. Her roles include: Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the National Society for Education…
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