Color Projects

I’ve been working on a variety of projects in my Color Theory class this semester, so I thought it might be fun to show you a few.

Color Wheel

We had to paint a color wheel with dimensions (about 15 inches wide) and color mixing instructions provided by our teacher. The outer circle is a tint, then the full chroma color, and then two shades on the inner circles. I really love how this turned out!

Abstract Painting

For this project, we started out by drawing a series of 9 thumbnail sketches of shapes overlapping each other. Then our teacher selected the abstract image he thought we should paint. Next, we had to paint one side with a high key emphasis, meaning light, and the other side with a low key emphasis, which meaning dark. The kicker was we had to use all 12-14 colors in our acrylic paint kit, and we had to make it look colorful with a variety of marks and strokes and texture. This project was a lot of work, especially since each piece measures 8-1/2 inches wide by 13 inches tall, but I love the result.

Complementary Colors

We had to do a slideshow of 10-15 photos we took where the emphasis was on complementary colors, meaning colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Don’t worry, I won’t show you all 15 of the photos from my slideshow! Here is just one photo I took at our botanical gardens, showing a violet and yellow color scheme. It will be cool to see it hanging up in the art department at school, along with photos from my fellow classmates.

Right now, we are working on a watercolor painting of flowers, which I’m really loving.

We’ve worked on a few more color projects, but they’re not as exciting (painting color chips in a value scale).

We have two more projects to go for this Color class for the end of the semester – one will be on the computer, and the final will be to put together a book of printed examples of different color combinations from the color wheel, using ads, packaging, book covers, brochures, packaging, etc. Should be a lot of fun but also a lot of work.

Thanks for stopping by!


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