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THE VISUAL ELEMENT OF COLOR

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





COLOR    EXERCISES

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.

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