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Re: Analagous Color lessons

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Sun, 20 Apr 1997 03:44:41 -0400 (EDT)

I have my high school students do a similar project when we start our unit on
painting. Beginning with color theory, they design a color wheel on
cardboard round cutouts by dividing the circle into 12 equal sections, then
design identical geometric patterns in each of the wedges. At the top of the
wedge (outer edge of circle) they arrange and paint (tempera or acrylic) the
order of colors as they appear on a color wheel. In the middle, they mix
tints of each of the colors. At the point of the wedge, they mix shades of
each of the colors. Sometimes they fill in some areas with black and white.
The designs are usually quite strong and resemble rose windows. Also an
excellent example of radial balance. This leads into the next section of
color theory--illustrating seven different color schemes--complementary,
split complementary, analagous, monochromatic, triadic, cool colors, and
warm colors. They draw seven 6 inch squares on a large sheet of paper (or
you could use 6 inch white mat board squares--frame shops give away mat board
scraps which is nice for this). In each of the squares, they are to draw the
same composition-- usually a simple abstract design using geometric shapes.
Then each square is painted to demonstrate each of the seven color schemes
listed above. They are instructed to use tints and shades in each of the
compositons also. Students are instructed to sign their compositions in the
lower right corner. If they use the mat board squares, these make a fabulous
"quilt" like collage when shown all together (entire class). I try
displaying in groups a lot.

Hope you can follow my long instructions.

Good luck!

Judie J
Atlanta, GA