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Seconday School Visual Arts

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Double Bubble (doros)
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 01:01:24 -0500


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Now we're talking. Good idea. Maybe we can keep this going with some
of the secondary school teachers.
My origiinal message to the group was to locate other websites that have
similar discussions as this one, only because I found the majority of
responses were addressing elementary problems. Ken sugguested that a
topic be started and hopefully secondary visual arts teachers will make
some contribution to how they go about teaching the topic.
The suggestion was colour theory and applied lesson procedures.
I'll start with my intoduction level course ( grade 9). I use a
textbook called Arttalk by Rosalind Ragans with places emphasis on all
the elements and principles of design. Each unit in the course is
introduced with reference to a chapter in the book ( in this case
colour). The book is great for establishing vocabulary and theory
areas. I have students start with some simple applications of primary
colour mixing to get secondary colours. This can be done in 1-2
classes. A basic colour wheel model is used. This is expanded to the
mixing of tertiary colours, with an expanded colour wheel. Students
are then asked to create their own colour wheels. Not necessarily based
on a radial design. Any repeated pattern will work. Take as an example
Marcel Duchamps "Nude Descending a Staircase", where the application of
primary, secondary and tertiary colours would be used. Something more
standard is the use of radial symmetry by having the students create an
interesting design pattern that would be repeated into a radial design.
For this the addition of tints and shades would be encorporated.
With these exercises established we work on warm and cool colours. I
have them select a drawing from their daily sketchbooks to be used for
this. Students make two copies of their sketch and then using a cool
colour (plus black and white) for one and a warm (plus black and white)
for another. The results are rather interesting for students because
many have never attempted two versions of the same drawing. Mounting
them side by side is also visuallly pleasing.
model of painting by using colours adjacent to one another and the use
of complimentaries. Students are encouraged to mix many variations of
colour and apply them to their paint boards in a Impressionistic style.
I hope others can add their uses of colour approaches. What approaches
are used at senior grade levels?

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Now we're talking.  Good idea.  Maybe we can keep this going with some of the secondary school teachers.
My origiinal message to the group was to locate other websites that have similar discussions as this one, only because I found the majority of responses were addressing elementary problems. Ken sugguested that a topic be started and hopefully secondary visual arts teachers will make some contribution to how they go about teaching the topic.
The suggestion was colour theory and applied lesson procedures.
I'll start with my intoduction level course ( grade 9).  I use a textbook called Arttalk by Rosalind Ragans with places emphasis on all the elements and principles of design.  Each unit in the course is introduced with reference to a chapter in the book ( in this case colour).  The book is great for establishing vocabulary and theory areas.  I have students start with some simple applications of primary colour mixing to get secondary colours.  This can be done in 1-2 classes.  A basic colour wheel model is used. This is expanded to the mixing of tertiary colours, with an expanded colour wheel.   Students are then asked to create their own colour wheels.  Not necessarily based on a radial design.  Any repeated pattern will work.  Take as an example Marcel Duchamps "Nude Descending a Staircase", where the application of primary, secondary and tertiary colours would be used.  Something more standard is the use of radial symmetry by having the students create an interesting design pattern that would be repeated into a radial design.  For this the addition of tints and shades would be encorporated.
With these exercises established we work on warm and cool colours. I have them select a drawing from their daily sketchbooks to be used for this.  Students make two copies of their sketch and then using a  cool colour (plus black and white) for one and a warm (plus black and white) for another.  The results are rather interesting for students because many have never attempted two versions of the same drawing.  Mounting them side by side is also visuallly pleasing.
From here we move on to a landscape painting based on the Impressionists model of painting by using colours adjacent to one another and the use of complimentaries.  Students are encouraged to mix many variations of colour and apply them to their paint boards in a Impressionistic style.
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