Complementary Color Names

Complementary Color Names lesson plan

Are you an Andy Warhol fan? His designs include bright colors, repetition, and unique creativity. Make your own Pop Art name in complementary colors!

  • 1.

    Study a color wheel. Notice that contrasting colors are directly opposite each other on this intriguing art tool. Then look at various works by Andy Warhol. Discuss his Pop Art technique of using bold complementary colors and repetition.

  • 2.

    Divide your paper into at least nine equal sections using Crayola® Colored Pencils. Write your name or initials in each section using block letters.

  • 3.

    Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Look at the color wheel and choose two complementary colors of Crayola Washable Paint. With a Crayola Paint Brush, paint the first one, and then every other name or initial, in one color of paint. Dry.

  • 4.

    Use the second complementary color to fill in the names or initials that are left. Dry.

  • 5.

    Use complementary colors to fill in the backgrounds of each section. Dry. Compare the visual effects of your classmates' Pop Art.


  • Students learn about the color wheel and its importance in the field of art.
  • Students identify Andy Warhol and analyze the qualities of his Pop Art with its distinctive bold style.
  • Students paint their names or initials in complementary colors to make a Pop Art design.


  • Students with special needs and younger students may find this works best to write one large block letter in each space.
  • Draw a simple item using bold, complementary colors. Repeat in Warhol's style.
  • Study a Warhol portrait such as Marilyn and discuss how to create a portrait. Make repetitive studies of a face using complementary colors.
  • Collect several Andy Warhol reproductions for a display of his form of Pop Art. Debate whether or not his work is art. Why or why not? What is art?