Sunday, February 6, 2011
Adding Warm and Cool Colors....
Once the color wheels were completed I was confident that the students had demonstrated that they understood the basics of using oil pastels. They were eager to move on to coloring their portraits, and I encouraged them to make personal choices about where they would use each color. Many students mentioned the movie, "Avatar" and wanted to use cool colors on their skin. Other students discussed how some colors could be used to add "feelings" to their self-portraits. Red, for example, could make a person look angry or mean while green might make it look like the person was feeling sick! I reminded them that they could use the colors any way they chose as long as both color families were used somewhere in their image.
In this picture we see Vanessa using warm colors on the skin and cool colors in the hair. Notice the way that she has achieved a nice blend of colors within the same color family. This adds volume to the face and makes her picture look less flat.