Art Matching Game

You need to help your children (at least the younger ones) match each of the following art words up with the correct definition below.































A word for color.


Red, yellow and blue. All other colors are made from these.


Green, orange, violet. Colors made from equal portions of two primary colors.


Red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, yellow-green, yellow-orange, red-orange. Colors made from equal portions two primary and secondary colors.


Colors or hues that are side by side on the color wheel.


Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel—red & green, blue & orange, yellow & violet. When these colors are next to each other they make each other look brighter.


A color with white added. These are called pastel colors.


A color with black added.


Has one color. In artwork this can be applied with shades and tints of the same color.


Has more than one color.


The way elements and color are arranged in artwork.


The hues that are green, blue and violet on the color wheel.


The hues that are red, orange and yellow on the color wheel.


Has similarity on two sides of a line.



Our Homeschool Art Project

I turned a house project into an art and math homeschool lesson for the kids!

We live by a field with an old house. The house was going to be demolished and one day I saw some people at the property so I stopped and asked if I could pry some of the planks of siding off. I was told I could so my husband, being the saint that he is, pried them off for me! We decided to do a project with them in the baby’s room. We have lots of left over paint stored in the basement from previous projects so I had the idea to paint random colors on the planks and hang them horizontally along one wall.

I told the kids we were going to have to figure out how many planks we would need to go from ceiling to floor. I asked my twelve year old to use what he already knew about figuring out equations and figure out how many planks we would need.

This was his method to figure it out:

measure wall (x)

measure board (y)

convert all feet to inches

Divide x by y


X=8ft        96in (we multiplied 8×12 to convert feet to inches)





We also had to figure out the length we would need to cut each board to fit the width of the wall. We just measured the wall horizontally and cut each board to that length or a couple inches shy. We had a trim piece that would cover the ends so we didn’t have to be too precise about these lengths.



We found out that we would need 18.5 boards. The last board we would have to cut horizontally a couple of inches.


For the art lesson I let the kids cut up a bunch of words that have to do with learning about color and a bunch of definitions to match and we played a matching game to learn what words go with what definitions.


We decided to play with what we had learned about color! Each child got a stack of left over boards and painted a color of their choice from all the left over paints on each board. We enjoyed playing around by arranging the boards into different color schemes we had just learned about—complementary colors, primary colors, pastels, etc. Everyone had a different way they liked to see them arranged. That is part of the fun of art! We can be creative and make many design patterns.


We came up with a random pattern that was sort of not a pattern at all but one that we thought looked pleasing to the eye that we used for the baby’s wall. We decided it looked best to have mostly pastel colors with some cool and tinted colors. We never used two boards with the same color on top of each other and we tried to use the white and very light boards intermixed well between the darker boards so one area didn’t dominate another in too much or too little color.



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