Teaching Resource

12-Part Color Wheel and Color Theory Worksheets

Free on Plus | 5 pages (PDF)|Grades: K, 1 - 6

A set of warm/cool color wheel worksheets featuring the 12 primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.

Use this set of worksheets in your classroom to help your students learn about the visual art element of color by coloring the 12 parts of a color wheel.

The color theory worksheets cover:

Primary Colors: red, yellow, and blue

Primary colors are the colors that can’t be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are made from these three hues.

Secondary Colors: green, orange, and purple

These are the colors created by mixing two primary colors together.

Tertiary Colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, and yellow-green

These are the colors created by mixing a primary and a secondary color.

Warm Colors are made with orange, red, yellow, and combinations of these. Warm colors remind us of sunlight and heat.

Cool Colors such as blue, green, and blue-purple remind us of water and sky.

Analogous Colors are any three colors that are side by side on a 12-part color wheel. Show the example yellow, yellow-orange, and orange.

Complementary Colors are any two colors which are directly opposite each other such as yellow and purple. These opposing colors create maximum contrast.

Use this resource with our 12-Part Color Wheel and Color Theory – Posters.

Teach Starter Publishing
Published by Teach Starter Publishing
We create premium quality, downloadable teaching resources for primary/elementary school teachers that make classrooms buzz!

Comments & Reviews

Write a review to help other teachers and parents like yourself. If you would like to request a change (Changes & Updates) to this resource, or report an error, simply select the corresponding tab above.

Log in or sign up to join the conversation.

Resource Updates

  • The position of 'Red' on the blank color wheel has been adjusted.

    Fix by Paul (Teach Starter) Mar 5th, 2020

Request a change

Would you like something changed or customized on this resource? While our team makes every effort to complete change requests, we can't guarantee that every change will be completed.

You must be logged in to request a change. Sign up now!

Report an Error

You must be logged in to report an error. Sign up now!

If any of our resources do not have 100% accurate American English (en-US), simply click on the 'Report an error' tab above to let us know. We will have the resource updated and ready for you to download in less than 24 hours. Read more...


Are you having trouble downloading or viewing this resource? Please try the following steps:

  1. Check that you are logged in to your account
  2. Check that you have a paid subscription
  3. Check that you have installed Adobe Reader (download here)

If you are still having difficulty, please visit the Teach Starter Help Desk or contact us.

Contact us

More time-saving Color Theory resources!