Lesson 4: Colour 1: Making colours

Children are introduced to the primary colours of red, blue and yellow through the use of play dough 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 and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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