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The Advanced Colors Song

This song is so fun!  Students of all ages, yes even those high schoolers, will love this music video teaching the color wheel.  What I really like about this song for teaching is that it does byond naming the colors, but also explains color theory ideas like complementary colors and tertiary colors.  The visuals of this video are really crisp and beautiful.  The lyrics are below.


Colors Colors

We started with the color basics, let’s face it, you made it

This far for a reason, now itchin’ and you’re racin’

To learn more and more so let’s review: It starts with yellow, red, and blue

Yes it’s elementary, three colours: Primary One: yellow, Two: blue, Three: red like strawberry

All the other colours come from these three yo

But you need to learn more to BE a true color hero

Now level two, here’s what you do: You mix red and blue, red and yellow, yellow

and blue Three new colors called Secondary

One: orange, Two: purple, Three: green like a tree

So now we have a nice color wheel of six then But what happens if we mix them again?

Each color with each color beside them BAM!

New colors!

It’s not scary Level three: these new colors are called Tertiary

Keep on starin’ with your eyes, learn the names, memorize

Tertiary colors, from the top, clockwise Red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green

blue-purple, red-purple, now we’re back at the beginning

And if those names are boring, they got other names too

Like amber, vermilion, teal, and chartreuse

Violet, magenta, let’s all raise our voices

Say new color names, now look at the choices!

Look at the choices:

Colors Colors

The color wheel’s grown bigger it’s expanding Just like your mind, it’s demanding that

you learn more About color schemes are you ready?

Opposite colors on the wheel are called: Complementary

Whoa! Complementary did you say?

These are the colors that are furthest away From each other on the wheel, but they clash

When together, some call it contrast

You want some examples to see what it means?

If you want to be seen just try wearing red in a forest of green

Don’t hide a purple monster in an all-yellow town

And emphasize this orange with a blue background!

Let’s keep moving on, no this ain’t the end

We are going to take a look at colors that blend

Nice together, now back to the wheel let’s discuss

Colors that are close together called: Analogous

So you take colors that are side by side, one and two and three

We got green, and teal, and blue, and these Analogous colours please the eye

Create visual harmony, let’s try: How about yellow-orange and orange and red-orange

this time I know oranges don’t rhyme, but you can

combine Them all together and you got a fire!

So sweet to stare at: You’re getting mesmerized by these colours

but we ain’t done yet!

No we ain’t done yet!

Moving right along with the song, one more thought then that’s it.

There’s another color scheme we call: Monochromatic Mono means one and chromatic means color

Sound too simple, don’t worry, you can use other

Values: Combine it with any tones, tints, and shades

What’s all that?

It means black, white, and greys Yeah values, and we got another whole song

concerning that, but for now you should just concentrate on learning


On learning


Yeah we’re learning colors

Complimentary colors

Analagous colors

Monochromatic colors

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