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Warm and Cool Colors

26 Oct


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This lesson was about warm colors and cool colors. Identifying them. Creating a pattern with them. Looking at artists that use both warm and cool colors in the same painting (Klee, Kandinsky, Jacob Lawrence). And what effect that has on the painting. We talked about primary colors and a simple addition problem (1 + 1= 2). One primary color + one primary color = a secondary color.

We used watercolor pencils for this lesson. Color with pencil…apply water… and presto! It becomes like watercolors! The kids liked watching the transformation.

Here’s the lesson:

Review color theory and the color wheel. Talk about primary and secondary colors. Discuss complimentary colors or color opposites and how those combinations are always the result of a pairing of one primary color with a secondary color.

Complimentary colors are made up of a warm color and a cool color and how they sit across from each other on the color wheel.

Red (a warm primary color) is the compliment (opposite) of Green (a cool secondary color)
Blue (a cool primary color) is the compliment (opposite) of Orange (a warm secondary color)
Yellow (a warm primary color) is the compliment (opposite) of Purple (a cool secondary color)

A primary color + a primary color equals a secondary color.  1+1=2


Fold cardstock in half one direction and then in half again in the other direction so that you end up with four boxes.

Draw diagonal lines in one box, starting in the middle and radiating outward. Lines should not be any closer than a finger width apart.

Repeat on the remaining three boxes so that all the lines would match up at the folds.

Add colors in an alternating pattern of warm and cool. Starting with the center box (4 triangles). Make sure each triangle alternates warm/cool.

Color is added in such a way as that the warm cool pattern continues both from the center to the sides of each color.

Once all the color was added we use Q-tips to add water and blend.

Art Docents:

Marcie Guthrie and Gala Bent
2nd grade, Room B3, Ms. Schroder
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: color


Abstract art – Kandinsky

9 Feb

Discussion: Abstract art  – anyone remember what it means?
abstract art uses shapes, color & line to show ideas or emotions without making a picture look like *something*
Some abstract art is said to be influenced by music. Listening to music we can feel emotions just by the sounds we hear. Music can make you feel happy or sad or relaxed or excited. Abstract art is like that. we don’t have to make pictures that look like things, or people, or animals, we can make images that express feelings and ideas using just colors and lines and shapes on their own.

artist: Wassily Kandinsky (Russian) 1866-1944
didn’t start painting until age 30 and is said to have been the first to paint purely abstract art works

This painting is called: Squares with Concentric Rings
Tell me what shapes and colors you see. What do you feel when you look at this painting? Excited, sad, peaceful. It could be different from person to person – there is no right answer.

We are going to make a piece in the style of Kandinsky but we will be cutting colored circles from paper and gluing them together to make an image like this one (show docent example)
How many big circles do you see? Are they all lined up or messy? They are lined up just like in Kandinsky’s painting.
His circles are not all perfectly round though… and that means that your cutting doesn’t have to be perfect for your piece to be successful so just do your best.
Looking at my example again – inside each big circle how many colors are there?
At your desks you have many different colors of paper with 4 different size circles printed on them.
Your job is to cut out lots of circles in all different sizes and colors and glue them together from biggest to smallest on a black background to look something like this.
See how I put the largest circle on the bottom then the next largest then a little smaller then tiniest?

We will listen to music (Kandinsky was influenced my Mozart) while we work and maybe you will discover some feelings in the music that you want to try to show in your artwork by the colors you choose.

– black 12×18″ construction paper – one per student
– multiple bright colors of construction paper photocopied with 4 different size circles (older students could trace their own using plastic cups, tubs or lids as templates)
– scissors & glue stick for each student

– this is a lot of cutting so suggest that your students try to cut circles 2 or 3 colors of paper at once.

Room 2 Kindergarten Mrs. Schroeder

Docent: Jen Clark

Email: jennifergclark@gmail.com

Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: color