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Color Basics for Painting Class

Review of concepts for middle school painting class

Lindsey Foushee

on 27 August 2017

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Transcript of Color Basics for Painting Class

Let's state the obvious:
"Hue" is the name of a color, like RED, GREEN, or BLUE-VIOLET.
Colors are rarely ever crayon-bright in nature. Light and dark VALUES of a color make it possible to show highlights and shadows.
the brightness or dullness of a hue
Color Wheel
The color wheel shows how colors relate to each other. It shows the connections between primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.
COLOR basics
All types of art use the ART ELEMENTS. They are like the ingredients in a recipe.
In drawing, you use line.
In sculpture, you use form.
In painting, you use COLOR and VALUE.
PRIMARY Hues: Yellow, Red, Blue
These mix to form all other colors, just vary the amount
"Primary" = first. These are the basics & can't be broken down any further.
SECONDARY Hues: Orange, Green, Purple
Mixed from the Primary colors (secondary comes SECOND)
Mix a primary with a secondary, like red-orange or yellow-green
The lightness or darkness of a hue.
Paintings done in values of only one color are called MONOCHROMATIC
Mono means "one"
Chroma means "color"
Artists choose one color and WHITE to make a TINT
Artists use the same color with BLACK to make a SHADE
One color, black, and white are the only 3 colors on the painter's palette
Not all colors are bright. Sometimes, they can seem a little dull, like a blue sky on a sunny day vs. the blue of the sky on a rainy day.
Just like a color can be bright or dark, that color can also be bold or dull. There are 2 ways to dull a color:
add grey
add the complementary color
for painting class
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