TEACHING EXPERIENCE : COLOR THEORY

COLOR WHEELs
WE MAKE THREE COLOR WHEELS. AT FIRST WE MAKE A COLOR WHEEL ONLY USING only the three "primary" colors YELLOW, RED AND BLUE. FOR THE SECOND COLOR WHEEL WE USE ALL OF OUR TUBES OF PAINT TO MAKE PURER SECONDARY AND TERTIARY COLORS. FOR THE THIRD COLOR WHEEL WE illustrate MICHAEL WILCOX'S IDEA OF THE COLOR BIAS WHEEL WHICH ARGUES against a three primary system. 

overlapping colors
students begin by painting three transparent washes so they overlap. Then on a separate paper, students try to mimic the colors by mixing and matching opaque colors. As a third challenge, students again mimic the colors of the first transparent wash, but this time using patterns of color combinations that mix optically. 

saturation wheel and tertiary triangle
these projects explore neutral colors. first we create a saturation wheel to find opposite colors that will effectively create grays, and demonstrate a range of saturations between those two colors. Then we create a tertiary triangle, which is to begin with three colors (straight from the tube) and mix them once and then again to have a total of three levels of saturation. 

joseh albers color interaction
continuing to study albers, we recreate his exercises "one color looks like two" and "Two colors look like one." to demonstrate this effect, you need to understand how background colors affect foreground colors and how to influence color using TEMPERATURE AND VALUE TO

final project - personalized color charts
students create a color chart based on a personal interest. on the left we have a color analysis of the chicago sunset and its inverse colors - the skyline on mars. In the middle is a color chart of friends based on numerology. On the right is a color wheel based on hair color and preferred fashion choices split into warms and cools.