Color Balance

Objective: Demonstrate knowledge of compositional and color balance by working with an asymmetrical compositional model.

We know that line, shape form, texture and space all influence the overall composition of a piece. Color, of course, also plays a large roll in compositional balance. By using color contrasts we already know such as Light/Dark, Complementary Contrasts, Cool/Warm, Saturated/Desaturated for example you can create a visually balanced composition.

Create a design using non-representational elements that showcases the use of color in compositional balance. Through careful choices in color and manipulation of those colors you should be able to create a composition that is asymmetrically oriented but overall balanced.

Mediums: The piece should be 5″x7″ minimum and made using acrylagouache or paper cutouts on bristol board.

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Final Assignment 2: Cooking up Colors

Part One: Your group is to cook a meal that includes an appetizer, main course (with two sides), and a desert. The food in this meal should reflect the color scheme that you are assigned. Be creative, dyeing all your food a color is not an option. Use the natural colors of the food and color created in the cooking process, to express your given palate. Provide at least enough food for five people to taste.

Part Two: Design a menu and recipe cards that reflects your assigned color scheme. The design concept is up to you. You need only provide one menu but provide enough recipe cards for everyone in the class. These should be professionally presented.

Plates, presentation, and overall setting should all be considerations. Let your inner Martha Stewart out.

Your meal will be presented at the final class. You should, as a group, be able to discuss your color palette, why you chose your colors and how they were applied. Groups will switch meals for tasting.

You will be graded on presentation, menu/card design (usual 2D requirements apply), adherence to your scheme, creativity and flavor.


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Final Assignment 1: Color Inventory, You Are What You Eat

Begin by thinking of your favorite food. Your goal is to summarize and catalog the colors found in that item of food, and use the inventory to create a design.

Begin your inventory with a 6”x6” square of flat color. The color should be taken directly from the object. You will then place a series of large “dots” on this square ground, each dot representing a color found in the object. The number of dots may vary, but the fewer the dots the more difficult it will be to characterize the overall coloration of the source. In most natural objects there are hundreds if not thousands of “colors” with multiple variations in hue, value and saturation. It will be impossible for you to catalog all of them. Somewhere between 10 and 20 should be sufficient. No two dots should be the same. Try to match the colors you observe precisely.

You will then create a 10”x12” Self Portrait using the colors found in your inventory. The design may be influenced by your object or may be in counterpoint to the qualities of the original form. While the inventory should be completed in gouache the self portrait may be done in any media.

To complete the project, present three pieces (your food or a photograph of your food, the inventory and the self portrait) together in a professional  manner appropriate to the media. Two dimensional pieces should be presented cover slipped and mounted on illustration board.Color_Inventory_digital copy IMG_5384

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Portfolio Requirements

As promised here are the requirements for your final portfolio

Part One: One folder with a 100dpi at 5×7″ 1mb file size jpeg image of EVERYTHING you did in class, homework, in class work and your finals. These should be professional looking with a neutral background or cropped in close.

Part Two: A PDF with individual pages including the images above and a description, assignment, size and medium. I suggest creating a Powerpoint or other presentation program and saving it as a PDF. This should also be professional looking  (think of it as the document you would send to a gallery). The maximum size of this file should be 5mb.

All of this should be turned in on a CD or flashdrive (I may not be able to get them back to you, certainly not before the holiday).

All of this is due on the last day of class, December 1, 2016.


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Color Constancy

Paint a series of four (4) landscape studies of the view from your dorm room or apartment window. Each study should be 5” x 7”.

By paying particular attention to the landscape under different lighting situations, different times of day, and changing weather conditions we can learn to express the qualities of those conditions and show that color is a condition of light. The differences in lighting will result in distinct color schemes of your scene.

To make the initial painting come more easily, use adhesive tape to mask out a viewfinder on a windowpane in proportion to your 5” x 7” format. The viewfinder will frame the scene and reveal shapes in the visual field not only in relationship to each other but also in relationship to the boundary of the rectangle.

I suggest painting the large, major shapes first, covering the entire picture plane before adding any subsidiary tones.

These paintings can be loosely rendered or stylized if you prefer – remember this is more about capturing the colors than your painting skill. Try to render the colors as precisely as you see them. If colors are mixed and applied with care, the resulting picture can evoke the time of day or prevailing weather conditions.

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Psychological Self Portrait

Reading: Chapter Four, Psychological Effects of Color.

Part 1: Select a pair of verbal concepts that are either opposite or are in meaningful contrast with each other. For example: sullen/elated, emotional/rational, old/young. Using a passive format (e.g. a grid of dots on a background, a grid of squares, or any grid-based configuration) make two studies that are different only in their color. Try to make color analogues for each of your concepts, so that each verbal concept is represented in one of your two color schemes.

Part 2: Take the colors used in your passive color analogue studies and apply them to 2 identical self-portraits.

Each design should be 5”x7”. Mount all 4 designs together using professional presentation and craftsmanship skills.

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Color Schemes: Ten Letter Word

You will choose a 10 letter word expressing aspects and contexts of that word in FIVE different color schemes.

Begin by selecting a word from the dictionary – your word must contain a minimum of 10 letters. After you select your word, do some research! What are the various definitions of your word? Find all of the text, imagery and resource material you can. More is more. Find things that are not directly related to the word but share some connection to the word. Explore many different sources (use actual books). Be resourceful, think about solutions beyond your first inclinations. Take some chances with your choices, and use your imagination! I want you to incorporate different images/words to draw different and subtle meanings to your image/word.

From your collected source material, develop a design which expresses something about your word. You may incorporate the actual word if you like, but it is not required.

During class you will develop your designs using multiple color schemes (listed below). Initial sketches and color scheme explorations may be done in any media (colored pencil, marker, crayon, digital) but the final product should be executed using acryla-gouache on Bristol board. The final pieces should be mounted on black illustration board in dimensions that best work with your pieces.

Sketch size: 4×6

Painted design minimum size: 5×7 each.

Color Schemes:

• monochromatic

• analagous

• complementary

• split or double complementary

• triadic or quadratic harmony


Color: Chapter 9: Color Combinations and Interactions

Color Basics: p.70-77



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