Sunday, February 6, 2011

Adding Warm and Cool Colors....

The students were anxious to add color to their self-portraits!  I had them complete a worksheet with two color wheels to help familiarize them with using the oil pastels. They were asked to fill in the first color wheel by blending one oil pastel  in each of the sections that were labeled with a specific color.  On the second color wheel, they had to experiment with mixing the colors in between the solid colors to create a new color.  For example, if the left section was red, and the right section was orange then the middle section would result in red-orange. I reminded the students to keep a clean paper towel at their work table so they could wipe off their fingers. This helped each color stay clean and uncontaminated.  I explained that the two color families they were working with were the warm colors and the cool colors. I demonstrated that when the color wheels were horizontally divided in half the warm colors were at the top and the cool colors were at the bottom. 
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.

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