Monday, March 28, 2011

Let's Use Warm And Cool Colors!


Darren carefully applies watercolor paints on his wonderful print that features a domed building.

Students made several prints by using the side of a peeled crayon and rubbing it over the raised surface of their plate.  I organized the peeled crayons into three "color families": the warms, the cools and the neutrals. For the purpose of this activity, I narrowed the colors down as follows: warm = red, orange and yellow, cool= blue, green and purple, and neutral=black and brown. I asked students to make two quality prints of their image by using crayons they chose from two of the color families.
In the photo above, we can see that Darren made his print with a purple crayon.  Purple is a cool color so when he began to add watercolor paint to his building he was required to use warm colors.  Using colors from the opposite family guaranteed that the final picture would have a degree of contrast.  In other words, if students matched the paints they used with the crayon they printed with it would be very difficult to see the image because everything would match and lack contrast. He used cool colors in the background area to emphasize the building even more!
In the next post, check out some other pictures of students hard at work adding watercolor paints in warm and cool colors.  Later, make sure to look for some more images of outstanding finished work!


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