Learn Complementary Colors with Poinsettias!

Project Title: Poinsettia Complementary Color Project

Description: Students create a poinsettia out of complementary colors

Author: Francesca

Grade level or Target Age Range: preschool to middle school

Historical Art Examples or References: Images of poinsettias

Vocabulary: poinsettia, complementary colors

Materials: glue, scissors, construction paper, pencils

Anticipatory Set: Discussion on complementary colors


1. Draw poinsettia leaves on green construction paper and petals using red construction paper

2. Cut out the petals and leaves (it may take longer for younger children to do this)

3. Glue the pieces onto black construction paper

Discussion: Life applications; how the lesson might apply to non-art related experiences or other types of knowledge.

  1. What is a complementary color?
  2. What are the complementary colors?
  3. What is a poinsettia?

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