Lesson II

Understanding COLOR Theory II
presentation by
Pam Coulter
What’s next
• One last exercise using just the 3-color palette,
• We’ll expand to a 6 color plus white
Modeling shapes using complements
Using just the three primaries and what you learned last week, paint three circles
on your canvas and then, assuming that light is coming from either left or right
sides, lighten and darken the shapes to give roundness and dimension. Note: you
can use analogous* colors to lighten and darken the original colors.
analogous = Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel
Pause for exercise
Note: the finished exercise
should look something like
the ball to the right without
the shadow. This is a
computer generated
example. Your painted
versions may not look this
“”neat”. That’s ok.
Color Bias Color Wheel
• Now we’ll expand to a 6 color (plus white and
burnt sienna) colorwheel
I suggest the following hues:
Pale or lemon yellow
cadmium yellow medium*
cadmium red medium*
quinacridone crimson*
ultramarine blue
and thalo (phthalo) blue.
Pause for exercise
Color Value exercise
• Color has value. On the B&W value scale we
made in the first lesson, add a row for each of
the colors on the expanded palette. Once
done and dry, take to a xerox machine and
make a B&W copy or photograph and convert
to B&W photo.
Example of color value scale
• a sample color value scale and when
converted to B&W.
Pause for Exercise
end of lesson two.
Students will finish the prior exercise
either as homework or in next class.

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