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Re: teaching tints and shades-middle school

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Bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Mar 21 2004 - 08:21:03 PST


In a message dated 3/21/2004 4:19:08 AM Pacific Standard Time,
KPRS@comcast.net writes:
Do you teach shades by adding black or by adding the complement. I have tried
both and although some students have a hard time mixing the exact complement,
it seems to me the toned down, darker colors achieved by using complements
are nicer. I use sax true tempera by the way.
For what it's worth I teach that tints are adding white, shades are adding
black, tones are adding grays. Complementary pairs reduce the intesity of a
color, it changes the hue or chroma to a dulled color that eventually becomes a
neutral. The opposite color or complement takes away the chroma and produces
a neutral brown and when you add black and white will give some very
interesting colors.

Ken Schwab

Art teacher: Leigh High School
San Jose CA
web site: http:www.room3art.com

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