YOU WILL NEED TO PRINT THESE CLUES AND QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE AT SITE #5. THESE CLUES WILL HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE PAINTING THAT YOU WILL BE LOOKING AT WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE FAMOUS MUSEUM. The second clue is very important to the discovery of meaning in Art Works. Without color a painting would lose much of its expressive qualities. Warm Colors are those colors which are warm in nature. There are red, yellow, and orange. Warm colors advance toward the viewer. So, for instance, you notice packaging on products that use warm colors first in the grocery store, before you notice packaging using cool colors. Cool colors recede into the background and are those colors which are cool in nature. Blue, Violet, and Green are cool colors. Colors which are analogous "side-by-side" on the colorwheel create a feeling of harmony and easiness in a composition. Colors which are complementary "opposite on the color wheel" create a feeling of tension and uneasiness in an artwork. They also create a feeling of excitement and energy. Look at the painting of the week and circle the colors that you find there. Do you find primary colors? Red, Yellow, and Blue Analogous colors? Colors that are placed next to each other on the color wheel? Complementary Colors? Colors that are opposite on the color wheel? Warm Colors? Red, Yellow, and Orange Cool Colors? Green, Blue, and Violet
Try These Fun Color Exercises Materials Needed: red, yellow, and blue tempera or acrylic paint white construction paper disposable palette a paintbrush Mix equal amounts of red + yellow. What is the color that you see? It should be orange (a secondary color) A secondary color is achieved by mixing equal amounts of primary colors. Now try mixing equal amounts of red + blue. What is the color that you see? It should be violet. Next mix blue + yellow. You should see green. Try It. It's fun. Now try an exercise that will help you to understand complementary colors. you will need the following materials. Materials Needed: red paint 2 pieces of white paper paintbrush Paint a large bright red circle on a piece of white paper. Stare hard at the red circle for about l5 seconds. Now look at the plain piece of white paper. You should see green, the complement of red. You can try this with other colors on the color wheel. The brighter the intensity of the color the better.