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Re: teaching tints and shades-middle school


Date: Sun Mar 21 2004 - 09:04:19 PST

I do currently have them make value scales using comp. colors. I know you're
right that comp. have more to do with tone than true darkening. THat's why I
brought this up. It seems to me with tempera that the colors more interesting
with the comps even though they are not true shades (although I call them
that). I would say that my students' scales when done correctly get duller and
darker. When I've given them black they tend to get "yucky" colors.
    Though I am my no means a painter I've always tried, when I do paint, and
especially when I work with color pencils, to use a darker version of the
local color according to the light spectrum and to darken for shadows I would use
blues, violets, and some hints of complements.

mike sacco
p.j. gelinas jhs
setauket, ny 11780