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2 New RYB vs. CMY Color Wheel Teaching Resources

NEW RYB vs CMY Color Wheel Worksheet

Do you Teach the RYB or the CMY Color Wheel?

I have always taught the Traditional RYB color wheel in my classroom. I knew about the CMY color wheel but I had personally never explored it much. So, I set off to learn more about it! I started experimenting with color mixing my colored pencils using a Cyan, Magenta and Yellow instead of my traditional and trusty Red, Yellow and Blue. Wow! My mind was blown! It’s almost embarassing to admit it but the colors are so much more vibrant and lovely using the CMY method!

Then I set out to create some new Color Theory Resources with my new found knowledge. First up is this RYB vs. CMY Color Wheel Worksheet where students mix all twelve colors of the color wheel using only the Primary Colors. There are two full-page options or you can choose to use the one shown above that has both colors wheels side-by-side on the same page.

Students learn to mix the colors with just the primaries and they get to see the difference immediately to visually compare the colors they are capable of making.

ryb and CMY Color wheels with hue tint tone and shade

Next, I updated my Color Wheel with Hue, Tint, Tone and Shade to include one worksheet for the traditional RYB and also added the CMY Color Wheel, too. This resource contains two fullpage worksheets. For this one, I generally use colored pencils again, but I allow students to use the secondary and the intermediate colors of the pencils. Students will still be mixing all the colors of the color wheel with black, gray and white to create shades, tones and tints of each color.

One worksheet is labeled with the traditional or RYB color wheel colors (yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet, red-violet, red, red-orange, orange, and yellow-orange). The other is labeled with the Modern or CMY color wheel colors (yellow, orange, red, red-magenta, magenta, violet, blue, blue-cyan, cyan, cyan-green, green, and yellow-green). If you don’t have all of these colors in colored pencils, student can still layer and mix them.

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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
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