Due Tuesday, April 12

Happy Friday, Color Theorists! Reminder time! For next week, please complete each of the following five things:


Make Limited Prismatic Color Wheel #2

Use these primaries…


…for a final product that looks something like this:


Also be prepared to discuss how this color wheel compares to your previous limited prismatic wheel. To that end, think about answers to the following questions:

  1. Are these hues warmer or cooler than those on the last wheel?
  2. Does the paint handle differently?
  3. What do we mean when we call this color wheel “limited prismatic”?


Complete the Homework Assignment


Gather at least one example of a warm and cool version of each primary and secondary color (red, orange, yellow, green blue, violet)  Your examples must be from a magazine, catalog, piece of junk mail, bit of packaging or other found material. Do not use photographs or other examples that you print yourself. That’s a major no no no for this assignment.

Hint: if you are unsure whether a color is warm or cool, use your color wheels or check out some online examples as a guide.

Once you find colors you want to use, cut them into rectangles (or other shapes) and glue them to a substrate.


Make sure to line up the warm and cool for each individual hue in such a way that you can directly compare them. Although you will get credit for simply completing this assignment, the best grades will be given to  those who put some thought into making an interesting visual arrangement/composition from their warm/cool samples.

Optional Bonus Round: for five extra credit points, in addition to collaging a warm and cool version of each primary and secondary, include a neutral version of each color. In other words, find an example not only of a warm and a cool red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, but an example that doesn’t have a color cast: a pure primary or secondary.


Ready Project #1 for Class

Next Tuesday, we will be discussing transparency and direct versus indirect methods of building color.


As part of this, we will complete the final step of Project 1 by layering color on top of our grisaille paintings, a process known as glazing.

If you want to make any refinements to your grisaille, please do it between now and Monday. Stick to black, white and gray, and please note that you should not add any paint to the panel after Monday evening (at the latest). It needs to be completely dry before class.

Of course, if you are happy with your Project 1 painting as is, you do not need to make changes to the grisaille. Just be sure you pack the panel and the color photocopy of your master painting with your bring-to-class stuff. Here is what you need in handy list form.

Needed for Class on Tuesday, April 12

  • Project 1 Panel
  • Project 1 Photocopy
  • Full Palette of Paints
  • Project 2 Paintings
  • Color Wheels
  • Homework Assignment
  • Happy, Happy Student Selves

You do NOT need your Project 2 shadow box, still life and light, since we will not be working on them in class.


Complete Project 2 Panels 1 and 2

Finish painting in the full range of hues, values and chromas for Panels 1 and 2 of Project 2.


The goal for Project 2 (so far) is to match the colors you see as closely as possible. I know it’s tempting to take creative license, but this assignment is about learning to see color and mix it accurately, and that is a large part of how you will be graded. You’ll be able to let your creativity flourish very soon. Promise.

Panel 1 uses ONLY Mars Black, Indian Red Oxide, Yellow Ochre and White.
Panel 2 uses ONLY Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Yellow Medium and White.

You should put as much effort as possible into making these panels well-painted works in and of themselves. Although steps 1, 2 and 3 listed above are most crucial this week, it is important to make time for Project 2 as well so you stay caught up as the semester winds down.

To help you achieve success, I strongly recommend rereading the tips for finishing Panel 1 posted last week.

oppositeFinally, remember what we talked about in class regarding warm and cool colors in shadows and highlights. Opposite! If your light source is warm (which yours are) your light areas have a warm cast. By contrast, your shadows will be cool… at least cooler than the light areas. Make sure you are consistent across your still life. If even one object has shadows that are warmer than the corresponding light area, the whole piece will look a bubble off plumb.

But what about Project 2 Panels 3 and 4?!?


Don’t worry about them. In fact, don’t do anything at all with them right now. I haven’t told you how we’re handling those yet, and it may be different than you expect, Instead, do a good job with the steps above.

And don’t forget to find a few moments for yourself as well this weekend. The end of the semester is stressful, but you have a much better chance of nurturing your sanity if you take some down time here and there.

Besides, it’s spring!


Until Tuesday, dear students.


2 thoughts on “Due Tuesday, April 12

  1. Dear Del,

    When we look for different colors patches do we do warm and cool colors from each of our three color wheels?


    Judy Buckner

    On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 10:21 PM, Dels Digital Classroom wrote:

    > delzartner posted: “Happy Friday, Color Theorists! Reminder time! For next > week, please complete the following: Make Limited Prismatic Color Wheel > #2 Use these primaries… …for a final product that looks something like > this: Also be prepa” >


    • Hi Judy,

      You need one warm and one cool of each primary and secondary- a warm red, a cool red; a warm orange, a cool orange; etc.- but they don’t have to exactly match your color wheel primaries and secondaries. I only mention looking at your two prismatic color wheels in case you’re not sure whether a particular primary or secondary you’ve found is warm or cool. In that case, it can help to compare. The color wheel you did this week is all cooler colors (relatively speaking) while the previous wheel was warmer colors. In total, you will have 12 collaged hues (18 if you do the extra credit).


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