What are Warm and Cool Colors? Art for Kids!

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Enjoy this easy coloring activity for kids of all ages teaching the difference between warm and cool colors!

Have you ever noticed how colors can make you sometimes feel different things? Some colors can make you feel warm and cozy, while others can make you feel cool and calm. Some colors remind you of a hot summer day at the beach and other colors remind you about a cold day building a snowman. God gave us so many beautiful colors to enjoy so let’s learn about the two categories colors can fall into.

Don’t forget to grab our fun coloring page helping even the smallest of artists to separate the colors of the rainbow!

What Are Warm Colors?

Warm colors are colors that remind us of the sun, fire, and warmth. Those colors are red, orange, and yellow. Imagine the sun setting in the sky, the orange pumpkins during the Fall Season, or a bright red apple!

  • Red: Like a juicy strawberry or a bright firetruck.
  • Yellow: Like the hot sun or a tall sunflower.
  • Orange: Like a silly jack-o-lantern pumpkin or a beautiful sunset.

What Are Cool Colors?

Cool colors remind us of the ocean, sky, and things that make us feel calm and peaceful. They include blue, green, and purple. Think about a clear blue sky, the green grass, or a pretty purple flower.

  • Blue: Like the ocean or delicious blueberries.
  • Green: Like fresh grass or a silly frog.
  • Purple: Like lavender flowers or a majestic mountain at sunset.

Why Learn About God’s Colors?

In the Bible, colors are often used to show God’s promises and blessings. For example, the rainbow is a sign of God’s promise to Noah (Genesis 9:13-17). Each color in the rainbow reminds us of God’s love and faithfulness. Throughout Bible times and modern day history Purple has been a color that resembles Royalty.

God created the world with so many wonderful colors for us to enjoy. Each color shows us something special about His creation and His love for us. Learning about warm and cool colors helps us appreciate the beauty around us and see how everything fits perfectly together.

How Can We Use Colors in Art?

Warm Colors in Art

Warm colors are great for showing feelings of happiness, energy, and excitement. Here are some ways you can use warm colors in your art:

  1. Sunny Days: Use yellow, orange, and red to draw a bright sunny day. Think of a big, warm sun shining in the sky.
  2. Fall Scenes: Use warm colors to draw autumn leaves. Try making a picture of a tree with red, orange, and yellow leaves falling to the ground.
  3. Happy Faces: Use warm colors for the clothes and accessories of happy characters in your drawings. Maybe a red hat, an orange shirt, or a yellow scarf.

Cool Colors in Art

Cool colors help us show calmness, peace, and sometimes even sadness. Here’s how you can use cool colors in your creations:

  1. Ocean and Sky: Use blue and green to draw the ocean or a clear sky. You can add some waves and fish for the ocean or birds for the sky.
  2. Night Scenes: Use cool colors to draw a peaceful night scene with a blue or purple sky and green trees. Add some stars to make it sparkle!
  3. Winter Wonderland: Use cool colors to draw a snowy winter scene with a friendly snowman!. Think of blue snowflakes, green pine trees, and a purple night sky.

Mixing Warm and Cool Colors

Sometimes, using both warm and cool colors in the same picture can make your art even more interesting! Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Sunset Over the Ocean: Use warm colors for the sky and cool colors for the ocean. Think of a bright sunny yellow and orange sunset with a deep blue green ocean below.
  2. Rainbow: Use both warm and cool colors to draw a rainbow. You’ll need red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple to make a beautiful rainbow across the sky. A rainbow uses both primary and secondary colors which you can learn about here!
  3. Nature Scenes: Draw a scene with both warm and cool elements, like a green grass meadow with bright red and yellow flowers.

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