Lesson Color Scheme Wheel

Analogous colors are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and one on either side of the color. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous colors are often found in nature and are harmonious to the eye. This project also addresses symmetry, pattern, and space.


Create an interesting shape that is about 20 cm long. Practice making several abstract/organic shapes with paper and scissors until you find something you like.
Pin the shape down to the center of the paper with a thumb tack. Gently trace the outline of the shape at the lines on your circle. Paint a color pattern with your three or four analogous colors. You may use white and/or black to create interesting variety.
Layout with HB pencil, ruler, and a protractor. Each new line will be ½ of the previous angle.



Message To Investors: I Only Have Eyes For You


"Seeing comes before words." - John Berger

Link to a pdf version of the book, Ways of Seeing.

'Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. 'But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.' - Ways of Seeing by John Berger, 1972


Secret Knowledge

In this video, based on the book by the same name, published in 2001, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, David Hockney does a convincing job at explaining how things are always the way they seem. By connecting a timeline to the discovery of such tools as curved mirrors and camera lucida we see how it is possible that the famed artists of the renaissance may have used the same “cheats” many artists use today. 


How to recognize Baroque art.

Another good video and lesson from SmART History.

Once referred to as a deformed pearl, “baroque” was used to disparage the artists who reformed the lessons of the renaissance. By adding dramatic realism, bold light and dark contrasts (chiaroscuro), and physical and emotional immediacy, baroque art comes to life.

The list of artists associated with period speaks for itself; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer. Historically these artists raised the bar of craftsmanship that stills moves us today.

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