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All my 7th graders have a unit on color and do the traditional color wheel.
When most of them come back to me in 9th grade, I review color, then assign
a color wheel - the only catch is that is must be 3-dimensional. Tempera
paint (only red, yellow, and blue) and oaktag are the materials available.
The colors must be in order, and the creation must be able to fit in their
individual shelves while they are working on it, but the finished product
can be any size. Oh, and they can't use any tape or staples - everything
must be assembled using glue. I've had paper chains created with each paper
link painted one of the 12 colors; 12 little cubes of oaktag painted and
glued down to a flat surface; a string of 3" painted cubes hung on yarn
that ended up being longer than the student who made it (so I gave her 100
for her effort and originality - plus the colors were correct); folded
paper fans; a hanging "spider" with 12 colorful legs; and many more neat
ideas. They hang from the ceiling, mount on the walls, and stack up on my
Question: is anyone out there switching from using red, yellow and blue for
color theory to magenta, yellow, and cyan? There are several videotapes out
that claim this is what we should be using. Does any paint company
manufacture those 3 as the primary colors? In tempera paint?
Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617