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Color Inventor 

Explore the ways color influences mood and create your own color. 

Start with a community builder. For suggestions, download the YDToolbox app. To build emotional safety and sense of belonging, invite everyone to “check in” by answering a quick question like “what color best describes your mood today?” As needed, remind members of group norms.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

PencilAndPaper
Computer
WiFiInternet
 

STEP 1
TIME: 10 MINUTES

Color Your Mood

In addition to “warm colors” (red, yellow, orange) and “cool colors” (green, blue, purple), colors are often related to specific feelings or emotions. Ever heard someone say, “I’m feeling blue” when they are feeling sad?


Check out this chart to see what emotions and feelings are related with what color:


Using this chart, take a few minutes to pick the color of your mood right now. Answer the following questions:

  • What color do you feel right now?

  • What happened to make you feel that way?


To learn more about the meaning and history of color, check these out: 

RED

YELLOW

BLUE

GREEN

PURPLE

ORANGE

PINK

 

Being surrounded by a certain color tends to influence the way people feel. Gather in a circle and challenge your members to a quick word association. When one person says a color, each person in the circle should say an emotion they associate with that color.

 

Were there patterns in the emotions members relate with certain colors? Which colors were the most consistent? Which colors vary the most in how people feel about them?


Look around your Club and identify the colors you see. How do those colors make your group feel? If members were able to paint the walls or change the furniture, what colors would they want in their Club? Why?

 

If you're working with teens who are really interested in how color influences feelings and behavior, challenge them to think about how marketing and advertising professionals might use color to encourage people to buy certain things. Learn more in this article about the color red.

STEP 2
TIME: 30 MINUTES

Create A New Color 

Now that you know a little bit about how colors are made and how they make people feel, you can design your own color.


Let’s start mixing with a digital color pallette. Check out this page, which allows you to experiment with colors on the screen. 

 

Instructions

Above the rows of colored squares, click on the drop-down menu to "Select Palettte." 

 

Start with the “Classic Theory Color Set.” These are the primary and secondary colors you just learned about.


You can select up to three colors at a time to mix with. To select a color, click on its square. The square will flash, then you can add it to one of the paint tubes to the right by clicking on the paint tube.


Once you have your colors in the tubes, adjust the slider bars to determine how much of each color you want to mix to create your own color.


Questions to think about as you invent your own color:

  • What type of mood do you want your color to relate to?

  • Where might your color be used? (A gym, a library, your room?)

 

You might also want to try the Adobe Color Mixer to play with various color rules and mix up your own custom creation.

If you want, you can let members mix colors with art supplies instead of using a digital pallette. You may want to provide a variety of media: crayons, paint, colored pencils and more. This way, members can blend things they haven’t mixed before to create more innovative colors.

STEP 3
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Name Your Color 

Coming up with a name for your color is important. Just like your own name, your color name should be unique and special. For example, instead of plain “Purple,” what about “Power Plum?”

Explore this artist’s color thesaurus for examples of colors with vibrant, descriptive names.

When you're finished, upload a photo or screenshot of the new color you created. Make sure you type your color’s name as the title. In the description, add some thoughts about what mood your color relates to.

When youth have created and named their colors, you might have a showcase so that each member can introduce their new color to the world.

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