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.
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!
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:
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
Yeah we’re learning colors
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