Friday, February 6, 2015

Monochromatic Plus

Working with one color plus black and white to make tints, tones and shades.  The kids had their own palette (styrofoam tray) along with the primary colors in the center of the table. We talked about how darker colors appear to be pushed in while lighter colors come forth, warm colors and cool colors.     We then used the color wheels (made a week before) to locate complimentary colors for stronger  backgrounds or adjacent colors for a more subtle approach. After the paint had dried, we looked at a Kandinsky painting and talked about his use of line, particularly the black lines around his abstracts.  We noticed how he used thin and thick lines and how attention is brought to those areas.  The best part of this was having the students realize just how much control they have over their work if they understand color mixing.


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