Below you’ll find a quick and easy #ArtAtHome assignment: to make your own Harmony Spinner! These spinners double as an art experience and a toy. This art-based challenge is part of a series that celebrates past ArtPrize-winning entries. More art challenges from this series will be posted soon!

Color Harmony Spinners

Two examples of harmonic color combinations are analogous color schemes which combine similar colors; and complementary color schemes which combine colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel, like purple and yellow, red and green, or blue and orange. Play and experiment with different colors using these spinners!

What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A penny
  • Compass (or circular object that you can trace to make a circle)
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons

How to make it:

  1. Use the compass or circular object to draw a circle on the paper and cut it out. Draw smaller concentric circles inside of the circle and draw lines across your circle, resulting in curved shapes that radiate from the hole in the center. Or you can draw whatever design you’d like!
  2. Fill your design with colors you enjoy.
  3. Cut a small slit in the middle of the circle and insert the penny to complete your spinner. 
  4. Spin the top to watch your harmonious colors blend together! Try flipping the circle over and using different colors on the other side to create a new mood.

Our Inspiration

This challenge was inspired by Sweet Spot by Causey Daniell Studio, an Installation Place Public Vote Finalist at ArtPrize 2016.

Sweet Spot is an immersive installation made of thin multicolor nylon string, stretched from floor to ceiling. As viewers move through the space, their shifting perspective reveals new color harmonies between threads, compelling them to find their own ‘sweet spot’ of color relationships. Causey Daniell Studio describes the experience as a meditation on color and the pleasure of seeing.

Harmony is nature’s way of saying that two or more things together make sense. Harmonious color combinations create a sense of order in the human brain. Color theory is used in art and consists of different scientific elements such as optics, spectroscopy, human anatomy, and physiology. Color theory can be used to visually communicate many things and create moods used in graphic and interior design.

By Allison Palm on