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Learning objects Mixing colours: match

TLF ID L1117

Use a mixing machine to make new colours from red, blue, yellow and white. Adjust the mixtures, then save the new colours in paint pots. Use the paint pots to colour a picture. Match the colours on a finished picture. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore relationships between colours and the proportions of their component parts.
  • Students mix colours to match a target colour.
Educational value
  • Introduces the idea that you can make any colour using red, blue or yellow.
  • Provides a virtual paint mixing machine for students to make different coloured paints.
  • Shows how much red, blue, yellow and white has been used in a paint mixture.
  • Prompts students to paint a line drawing exactly the same colours as a target painting, with scaffolded feedback provided.
  • Allows students to print out their paintings.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
    • Science/Light
    • Science/Common substances
    • Science/Observable properties
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.