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Re: color theory


From: James Andrews (andrewsj_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue May 06 2003 - 10:18:05 PDT

I believe you are both correct. The primary colors of light are red, yellow
and green. I learned this as a matter of course as a theatrical design
student when I took my stage lighting course. The fact that your science
teacher friend is unaware of the difference is not surprising. I would
simply inform him of his ignorance so he doesn't embarrass himself further.
As for the way his impression of you to his students, that is just a very
sad bully-type move. He is obviously scared that he doesn't know enough and
is even more afraid that his students will find out and he will lose control
over them. It's sad. Don't bother dealing with him. Students will figure out
soon enough that you know what you are talking about. They respect that more
than you think. :)

James C. Andrews
Art Teacher
Kingston Junior High School
9000 NE West Kingston Road
Kingston, WA 98346
desk# (360) 297-9276

Loyalty isn't standing by someone when he's right... that's good
judgment. Loyalty is standing by someone when he's wrong. -
Susan Estrich

----- Original Message -----
From: "Betty Bowen" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 9:49 AM
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
> re: color. They also told me he uses a high squawky Ms. Bowen voice with
> English accent (???).
> Although I do teach red yelow and blue as primaries, I also tell them
> process colors, and we use process colors for beginning watercolor, so
> KNOW from hands on experience that CM&Y Do Not Make Black as he says it
> 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
> 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
> violet black white grey brown cyan magenta and if they want, sargent
> gold. It ends up 13" square and is like a multiplication table. This way
> experience all the 2-part color combinations available in my classroom. I
> explain to them that mixing colors with pigment is different than mixing
> 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
> ---