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> From: Double Bubble[SMTP:doros]
> Sent: Friday, February 12, 1999 1:01 AM
> To: Bicyclken; artsednet.edu
> Subject: Seconday School Visual Arts
> 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.
> I hope others can add their uses of colour approaches. What approaches are
> used at senior grade levels?