Thursday, June 3, 2010

My Color Theory class at the Denver Student Art League


Tues night Kim and I started our new art class taught by Janie Jones. The first night we didnt get to use our paints (above) We had to bring only primaries which included cool and warm colors of each one.
The entire class was lecture and I learned alot I didnt know about color and how you choose colors in your painting. Here are some tips that I remembered:
Color is very emotional, Yellow and red are used for fast food signs and ads. Red makes you hungry and yellow makes you leave, sit down restaurants use blue and green in their decor for relaxing and staying there to eat.

Colors are perceived differently depending on what other colors are around them. So a color can be bright, intense, dull if compared to something that is less.

Dark colors are hard to tell what they look like, by adding white to it, you can see the color clearly.

There are different color harmonies you can use in your painting . i.e. analagous, complementary,triads. A good way to decide what colors to use in your painting is to start with a limited few colors to give the backbone for your color, then add other colors . Use a limited pallette gives unity to your painting.

Complementary colors give contrast and more intense color. This is excited by the eye.

Adding Black to a color can make it dead looking. There are different types of blacks like mars black, ivory black and lamp black. They all look different so experiment.

When you add white, you dull the color.

We learned that on the back of the pain tubes a code tells if your color is transparent, opaque, semi-transparent.
We were given an assignment to make a giant color chart from mat board. This should be helpful when mixing colors.

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