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Color Schemes: middle school art

Descriptions of Color Schemes for Middle School painting

Lindsey Foushee

on 18 September 2017

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Transcript of Color Schemes: middle school art

color schemes
choosing colors wisely
Color with Purpose
When planning a new painting, one important part is thinking about what colors you should use. Color choices can greatly affect the feel of the work when you look at it, or the MOOD.
Color Harmony
Triad: Primary Colors
Triad - Secondary Colors
Complementary Colors
A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.

Triadic color harmonies tend to be bright & vibrant, even if you use pale or dull versions of your hues (i.e. change the value or intensity).
Harmony can be defined as a pleasing arrangement of parts, whether it be music, poetry, color, or even an ice cream sundae.

In art, harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye. It creates a sense of order. When something is not harmonious, it's either boring or chaotic. At one extreme, art is so bland that the viewer is not interested. At the other extreme, art is so overdone, so chaotic that the viewer can't stand to look at it. The human brain dislikes what it can not understand. As artists, we must present structure. Color harmony delivers interest and a sense of order.
grabs attention
Vincent Van Gogh "Cafe Terrace at Night", 1888
Triadic Color Schemes

To use a triadic harmony successfully, let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.
Ando Hiroshigi, Plum Estate, 1857
Opposites on color wheel
High contrast, good for creating emphasis
a variation of the complementary color scheme. From the base color, use the two colors next to its complement
has the same strong visual contrast as complementary colors
one hue with tints & shades
like a shaded pencil drawing, but in color
Smart color choices can make a big difference in the success of a work of art.
still bright, but a little less harsh on the eye
colors that are next to each other
includes warm & cool color schemes
Vincent Van Gogh "Starry Night" 1888
Draw an object from observation using contour lines. Divide the paper into quarters, trace your drawing, & choose one color scheme for each section. Although your HUES may be limited, you can still use tints & shades of each hue.
Pablo Picasso "Mother & Child" 1901
Andy Warhol's _Four Marilyns_ is our inspiration for repetition of image, but changing color.
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