Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Complementary Colors!

Now that we know the color wheel pretty well, we can put colors together to portray certain emotions or ideas in our paintings or drawings. It is important to recognize that some colors "go better" with other colors. Or they create visual balance and harmony. The easiest way to do this is to use Complementary Colors. Finding colors that complement each other is very easy to do. All you need is your color wheel! Simply find which color is directly across the wheel from the one you are trying to complement. For example:Purple is complementary to Yellow.
See? It's really easy.
Homework → Due July 21st.
Instructions for the Student:
♦ Using the two sheets of paper provided in class, paint/crayon/colored pencil/marker two complementary masterpieces.
♦ You may also use different shades and tints of your complementary colors. (If you use Green and Red, you are allowed to use a lighter/darker green with lighter/darker Red as well.) Most crayon and marker sets don't come in Monochromatic colors (hues/colors with black or white added), so use the closest thing you have. (For example: If one of your colors is Green, your set may not include a "Light Green" so "Lime Green" or "Yellow Green" would be acceptable.)
♦ You are allowed to draw anything you'd like, just make sure the entire page is filled with color. This is not an abstract assignment. Be creative. It is still possible to draw an outdoor scene with pretty flowers and sunshine using only two colors.
♦ You MAY NOT use the same complementary combination for both pictures.
This is a challenging assignment. Do your best!
Helpful Tips:
♦ When using Crayons or Colored Pencils a variation in pressure can produce lighter or darker colors.
♦ When painting with watercolors, simply add more water to make a color lighter.

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