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RE: color theory


From: Bueltel, John (bueltelj_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue May 06 2003 - 10:04:44 PDT

It sounds like you have a difference in what type of color you are teaching. You are focused on pigments and reflected light, he must be talking about, direct light (pure) light. I would ask him to come to your class and explain the differences in the two. He might have a prism or two and can do color mixing with direct light, which gives totally different results than the mixing of pigments.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Betty Bowen []
> Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 11:49 AM
> To: ArtsEdNet Talk
> Subject: color theory
> Yesterday and today I have had several students come to my class telling me one
> of our science teachers told them I "didn't know what (she) was talking about"
> re: color. They also told me he uses a high squawky Ms. Bowen voice with an
> English accent (???).
> Although I do teach red yelow and blue as primaries, I also tell them about
> process colors, and we use process colors for beginning watercolor, so they
> KNOW from hands on experience that CM&Y Do Not Make Black as he says it does,
> and that they don't make all the colors they want.
> I spend quite a bit of time on how the pigments we have available for paints
> are not pure hues, that all paint available favors one side or the other, and I
> demonstrate color mixing in ways that show that.
> My 6th graders do an extensive color chart using Red orange yellow green blue
> violet black white grey brown cyan magenta and if they want, sargent metallic
> gold. It ends up 13" square and is like a multiplication table. This way they
> experience all the 2-part color combinations available in my classroom. I also
> explain to them that mixing colors with pigment is different than mixing color
> with projected light.
> So, personal and professionalism issues aside, (sort of) any advice? Should I
> ignore this? He's telling them it is all my "fault" they are confused and
> aren't understanding his lesson. I know one boy has spoken up and complained in
> his class about the squawky voice he's using to quote me.
> Betty
> ---