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Analagous Color lessons

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Sat, 19 Apr 1997 17:26:05 -1000


A lesson I've used for analagous color is to have the students do a small
box, about 3 x 5". In this box they draw a simnple landscape, a face or an
abstract design. Then they trace this design into two other boxes and
paint it (or color it with colored pencils) in two different analagous
color schemes. You can do this with monochromatic, primaries, complements
or any color grouping. I've found that it really get the kids involved in
color mixing as well as allowing them to see how much color has to do with
our perceptions of a subject. For instance, a scene done in yellow,
yellow-orange and orange will have an entirely different feel than the same
design done in violet, blue-violet and blue. I usually try to tie my
instruction about color into painting and color mixing.

Another idea is for the students to collect color swatches from magazines;
in this case it would be analagous colors. Then they glue them onto a
small square forming an abstract design. Next they try to paint a copy of
the design, mixing colors as close to the original as possible. You might
also ask them to collect advertisements with analagous color
schemes--there's a lot of them!

I've done this with high school students as well as elementary. Younger
students are good at mixing as long as you demonstrate the technique of
mixing small amounts of the darker color into the lighter shades. Kids
really enjoy the excitement involved with discovering formulas for colors.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Deb Rosenbaum
fastedy (David Zimmerman)

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