• How does the element of color influence an artwork?

  • Explain how an artist applies their knowledge of color theory to their own artworks.

  • Element of Color: Color Theory
  • Color Wheel: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary
  • Color Schemes: Monochromatic, Analogous, Complementary, Split-Complementary, Warm colors, Cool colors, Triad
  • Value with color: Tints and Shades
  • Intensity: high and low (mixing with it's complement to dull)
Color Theory Definitions

Project Directions:
Part I: Project Thumbnails and Sketchbook Entry
Using Ink Art on your computer you will create 5 charts. Using only the primary colors you will mix the following colors for each chart.
  1. Color Wheel: you will mix colors to create a color wheel including brown in the middle. (You make brown by mixing equal parts of the primary colors.) After you finish painting you will name all hues and label primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.
  2. Vale Scales (Monochromatic): you will mix white and black to each hue to create a value chart. You will place the hue in the center of the grid, its tints on the left of the hue, and its shades on the right of the hue. Think of the value scales we did in class—light to dark. You will mix white to the hue to show 4 tints and black to the hue to show 4 shades.
  3. Analogous Colors: you will mix colors to create 3 analogous charts:
    • red- yellow
    • yellow-blue
    • blue-red
  4. Complimentary Colors: you will mix colors to create a chart of complimentary colors.
  5. Examples: You will mix colors to create an example of split-complimentary, triad, warm and cool

Part II: Digital Painting
You will locate an image to paint. You will crop the image to 8x10 in Photoshop. You will same image as a JPEG and load it as tracing paper in ink art. You will deselect choose colors automatically. You will divide your image into 4 sections. You will paint each section using a different color scheme (monochromatic, analogous, complimentary, split-compliment, warm, cool, triad) Remember the value scales chart and use tints and shades to show value.

Part III: Acrylic Painting
Once you have finished your digital painting you will square off an 8x10 image area in your sketchbook and recreate the painting using acrylic paint.

  • Color Schemes (x4)
  • Digital Composition
  • Acrylic Composition
  • Effort
  • Participation
  • Craftsmanship
  • Artist Statement

Download the following unit organizer and assignment prompt into OneNote: Color Assignment.docx
Rubric: Color Unit Organizer & Rubric.docx

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