Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Color Study!

fifth grader painting
work in progress

Grade five students at Birch Meadow School are reviewing the art element of color.  In our sketchbooks, we took notes on color vocabulary that we are expected to know as fifth graders.  In class we will be using this vocabulary to talk about art and its elements.  We reviewed primary, secondary and tertiary or intermediate colors.  We then talked about complementary colors and analogous colors.  

Primary colors are red yellow and blue.  These are the colors that help mix all other colors. 
Secondary colors are two primary colors mixed together like, orange, green and violet. 
Tertiary colors are a primary color and a secondary color combined to make sort of an in between color.  for example, red and orange create red-orange. 

Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green).  The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant or more intense look. 

Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. An example of an analogous color scheme would be yellow, yellow-green, and green. 

The Color Wheel
We used this example in class

We discussed artist Robert Delaunay, a French artist who was alive during the time of cubism (think Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, fathers of cubism).  We looked at his painting called Circular Forms and created our drawings of circular forms. 

Right now we are in the process of painting them.  More updates on this soon!!

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