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Re: [teacherartexchange] Reinventing the (color) Wheel


From: Marvin Bartel (marvinpb_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 03:45:13 PDT


Good for you. I have used magenta, yellow, and cyan light filters for color printing of photos, but I had not heard of putting out magenta, yellow, and cyan paint as the primaries when painting. With pigments I had always put out red, blue, and yellow plus black and white. Is there a brand of tempera, watercolors, or acrylics that includes the magenta, cyan, and yellow for this? What source do you use?

I am imagining some interesting experiments by asking students to compare the two systems to see which they find most useful. For me as a teacher, USEFUL depends on which offers more learning. As an artist, USEFUL sometimes depends more on what can be created, but even as an artist I am very interested in what I am learning.

When I assign students to paint with only mixed colors, I make a point to purposely provided subject matter that does not include pure red, yellow, or blue. Fruits and vegetables lend themselves well. Cutting some open adds interest as well as a chance to taste and smell.


--- Responding to Linda ----
>Interesting, Marvin. When we paint I put out cyan magenta and yellow, but the
>students always ask for Red and don't like that wonderfully luminous secondary
>red you get from blending magenta and yellow. They seem to be able to do
>without blue tempera and are quite happy to mix their own greens, but they
>MUST have their red. Red is always what they ask for in glazes, too.
> ???
>---- Original message ----
>>Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 13:29:48 -0400
>>From: Marvin Bartel <>?
>>Subject: [teacherartexchange] Reinventing the (color) Wheel?
>>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
>>Recently, my third grade granddaughter phoned to ask me, "What colors do
>you use to mix red?" I told her that this was a very good question. We had an
>excellent discussion about experiments she could do to try to find the solution.?
>If you think it is not possible to make red from other colors, consider your ink
>jet printer. Does it come with red ink? How does it print red?
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