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RE: teaching tints and shades-middle school


From: Fields, Linda (fieldsl_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 22 2004 - 07:57:01 PST

I do the same thing as Ken. We do value scales and intensity scales so they can, hopefully, understand the difference. I also teach that value= light/dark, while intensity (chroma)=bright/dull.
I also do the same as Ken with long projects-I divide them into "steps" and grade each step plus the final project. Linda in NC

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Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2004 11:21 AM
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Subject: Re: teaching tints and shades-middle school

In a message dated 3/21/2004 4:19:08 AM Pacific Standard Time, 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
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