Next, after reviewing what complementary colors were, and why artists often use them together (for contrast), I asked students to design each of their pieces using 2 complementary colors or black and white.
Next week we will be using watercolor to extend each of their designs onto the boards. This part of the lesson will focus on trying to match the colors using a different media and brush control.
For this piece the background is done with watercolor and we can talk about the fluidity of the paint vs. the more solid feel of the dry medium.
This background is done with pencil as the 2nd medium. It presents the opportunity to discuss different gradations of color.
Here is another sample that varies from the complementary color requirement. It also has black crayon lines defining the designs, which makes it easier to paint without the colors running into each other. This would be good for emphasizing repetition of color, line direction, etc.
I originally saw this project done at Whittier International Arts Program using oil pastels and watercolor and more than 3 or 4 pieces of designed papers. The results were fabulous (but, unfortunately would take more time than we have allotted.) Please check out their results here.
I'll post our results next week. I can't wait to see them!!!!!!