6: Color Climate
Select four different hues with varying values and make four
compositions with each measuring 4 x 2 1/2 inches. The compositions
will be mounted on one board. Incorporating the same four
colors, make four free studies. By applying the how much to
how much theory, try to disguise the fact that the same four
colors were utilized in all four compositions. How the four
compositions are mounted on the board and craft are considerations
7: Visual Mixture
format is horizontal, and it is four-inches high but the width
is optional. Choose three hues and construct a color mixture
by arranging the colors into areas of alternate strips. There
should be a one-half to three-quarter inch vertical band of
each color to identify what colors were mixed. Placement of
the three bands is optional. The objective is to create the
illusion of as many different colors as possible through using
principal considerations begin with the choice of hues. If
they are in the middle value range, there will be greater
success. Second, the width of the strips has a great deal
to do with the illusion of mixture. The thinner the strips,
the more effective the illusion. Third, the area of mixture
has to be sufficiently wide as to allow the mixture to be
read. If the bands of mixture are too narrow, the effect is
lost. Ideally, the visual mixture should be obvious from a
viewing distance of four to six feet. Craft is critical to
the evaluation of this exercise.
8: Color Interaction
Color on color will affect how they are seen. The objective
is to make three colors appear as four through color interaction.
In order to better understand value change,
cut two four-inch squares, one from black paper and one from
white paper. Butt the two squares. Select a gray that appears
as two separate values when it is cut into one-inch squares
and centered on the black and the white squares. This is a
value change and not a color change.
Select two hues, cut from each a four-inch square,
and butt the squares against one another. Find a third hue
that cut into one-inch squares and placed on the center of
each of the larger squares creates an illusion of two different
hues. This has to be a color change and not a value change.
To a great extent, success with this exercise is dependent
on what hues are selected. Careful consideration must be given
to selection. Craft will be a factor in evaluation.
9: Free Studies
Using the four principles in some combination, make a free
study with cut or torn paper. Emphasis is on color rather
than shape or composition i.e. compositions will tend to be
more static than dynamic.
of free studies as being similar to abstract painting rather
than to design, most will be quite intuitive. Rely on a process
of repeatedly putting studies upon the wall to determine new
refinements that will make the color study visually more interesting.
Dimensions are optional but the studies must be appropriately
framed and craft is a consideration in evaluation.
10: Leaf Studies
Leaf studies are free studies done with an autumn leaf that
has color. The leaf serves as a key to what other colors will
be selected. Some colors might repeat those in the leaf while
others might contrast. Leaf boundaries might be utilized to
maximize the colors of the leaf while minimizing its shape.
The leaf studies will tend to be painterly and intuitive.