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Colour theory & abstract art

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Georgina Spry

on 8 February 2018

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Transcript of Colour theory & abstract art

Analogous colours:
Any one of a group of related colours that are near each other on the colour wheel.
warm & cool colours:
: the yellows and reds of the colour spectrum, associated with fire, heat, sun, and warmer temperatures
Complementary colours are pairs of colours which, when combined, cancel each other out. This means that when combined, they produce a grey-scale colour like white or black. When placed next to each other, they create the strongest contrast for those particular two colours.
Tertiary (Intermediate) Colours:
A tertiary colour is a colour made by mixing either one primary colour with one secondary colour, or two secondary colours
Colour Theory & abstract art
: the blues and greens of the color spectrum, associated with water, sky, ice, and cooler temperatures
Piet Mondrian
What kinds of colours does the artist use?
Mark Rothko
Frank Stella
What is abstract art
Morris Louis
Josef Albers, 1964
art that does not try to represent reality, but tries to achieve its effect by using shapes, forms, colours, and textures instead.
Abstract art is...
Minimalism is a style of abstract art (beginning in the 1960s- early 1970s) when artists really simplified the use of colour and shape in their work, using very few elements.
Donald Judd
Grid your paper into an

design using straight lines made by applying masking tape to your paper (as demonstrated).
Be sure to cross your lines so that various shapes are created.
Dan Flavin
Light installaton, 1960s
Choose a COLOUR THEME to work with. This may be any of the colour collections/pairings we've discussed: primary, secondary, intermediate (tertiary), warm, cool, complementary, or analogous.
Try to think about colours you have seen in the Tempest, sea , island etc
Take your time, don't worry about being neat!!
Paint all the non-tape areas/shapes with acyrilic paints in the colour theme of your choosing.
*You will need to thoughtfully mix the paints on your pallet to achieve this affect using only the three primary colours! This is a challenge, so be sure to mix carefully, being sure to keep your colors clean.
*Remember: I know it's tempting, but be patient and let your painting dry completely before peeling off the tape!
colour and sound
elements of art _ Colour
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