Friday, February 27, 2015

Midterm_Color Foundations

For the Midterm you will be graded on the following things

1. Assignment
2. Sketchbook
3. Artist Research
4. Midterm documentation. 

Midterm Grading- Color Foundations (FD160)

For your midterm, you will be turning in a folder on the server, which will include

1. scans, or photographs of all your finished projects,
2. your artist research papers

You will also be handing in your sketchbooks so I can see the progress you have made on your in class assignments.  I will be giving you a grade for your sketchbook assignments that is equivalent to roughly 200 points (20 percent of your grade). 

Sketchbooks will be graded for overall content (sketches, notes, splotches, etc) and also for organization and construction (are all your splotches thrown in there, or are they neatly pasted in the book in an orderly fashion?)

You will label your folder with “lastname_firstname_midterm” and place it in our classroom folder.  You will also place a copy of this folder in the dropbox.

To begin
1. You will need to scan your images using one of the many scanners that are available to you in the mac-labs and in the library.  If you prefer to photograph your works, that is fine too.

2. You will edit and adjust the images to make sure they look professional using Photoshop of the photo editing software of your choosing. Your images should be 300 dpi and sized about 8x10.  You will need one image per weekly assignment.

3. Create a folder (on your desktop or somewhere handy).  Drop your four word.doc artist research papers in the folder, then your edited images in the folder as well.  Each image should be named “Lastname_Assignment title.” You should have images for the following.

1. Achromatic
2. Prismatic
3. Chromatic
4. Muted
5. Travel Poster

This, along with your papers will total 900 points.   Your sketchbook will count as 200 points, and the midterm assignment (properly scanning your images, and placing all these files on the server) will count as 100 points.   Thus,  there is a total of 1200 points that you will be assessed on to process your midterm grade.

For information on how to scan your work, please visit

Friday, February 20, 2015

Color Harmonies_Week 6

Green colorharmonies from Thomas Everett Green

Color Harmony_Midterm_Pattern Assignment

Color Terms and Harmonies
Harmony-A relational combination of hues that produce a pleasing effect; the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole; agreement, unity.
Temperature-the relative warmth or coolness of a color as determined by its hue (blue is cool, orange is warm)
Tint-adding white to a pure hue
Shade-adding black to a pure hue
Monochromatic Color Scheme-Using and tint, tone, or shade of just one color
Complementary Color Scheme-Uses colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel
Analogous Color Scheme-Uses colors that are close to one another on the color wheel
Triadic-uses colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel (this relationship makes an imaginary equilateral triangle)
Split Complementary Color Scheme- this is a variation on the complementary color scheme.  In addition to the base color, it uses the colors adjacent to its complement.
Tetrad Color Scheme-uses four colors arranged into complementary pairs, and adjacent to a complementary set of colors.  (this creates a rectangle)
Square Color Scheme-Similar to the rectangle, but with all four colors spaced evenly around the color wheel

For this assignment, you will research and find an interesting pattern that has uniform and varying shapes (i.e. no checkerboards).  

Step 1. Do your research--look at wallpaper patterns, all over patterns, progressive patterns, dress patterns, irregular patterns, or choose from patterns in Mandalas, nature, etc.  Print these images off and bring them to class with you.  You will want to do some sketches (4 to 6) on the different patterns in your sketchbook.   Break down and simplify the patterns (if necessary) until you have about 30 shapes for each panel. 

Step 2. Transfer your pattern to the Bristol-Once you have selected a pattern, you will create a large four panel gouache series based on that pattern.   Gently draw the shapes onto your panels and paint.   will divide two 9x12" Bristol sheets either lengthwise or horizontally (please see examples below).  If you are having diffuculty deciding, ask and I will help you decide. 

Step 3: Cut and paint the bristol-Once you have transferred your shapes to two 9x12 sheets of Bristol, You will paint your four panels using one of the following color schemes on each panel Analogous, Triadic, Split Complementary, and finally Tetrad.  Try to not use the same color in each of the four panels. 

Finally, mount your four compositions on a (white or black) 15x20 illustration board--using only a 1/4" border in between the four compositions. 

Remember: Color Harmonies/Color Schemes are like recipes.  If you do not follow the recipe, you will be altering the recipe and the Harmony will not be successful.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sample Travel Posters

Here are some posters that were done last semester.  I hope these give you some ideas on what you might want to do with your destination.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Artist Statement _ Color Trip (part 2)

Artist Statement.

For the Color Trip assignment we will be writing a short artist statement about our Travel Posters.

What are artist statements?

Artist statements are short (generally one page) statements that cover the basics about your art, or a work of art you have created.  Some of the things you might want to include in your artist statement include.

 and briefly, What does it man to you? 

Since these are probably things that you haven't considered so much at this point in your artistic career, we are going to start off slow.  YOU WILL WRITE many many artist statements while you are at MCA.  For this particular statement however, we will be writing about the travel poster. 

For the statement please include:

1. The destination that you picked. 
2. The subject matter that you have selected to use in your compositions to represent your space and possibly how you have arranged this subject matter (design)
3.  The color choices you have made and the way you have used color to effectively convey this destination in your travel poster.   Here is an example from a previous semester:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Combined Saturations

Color Trip

So far in the course we have discussed the color wheel (primary, secondary, and tertiary colors) and the relations colors have with one another.  We have also covered intensity ranging from prismatic to muted and chromatic grays.  

For this project:
You will choose a country or destination of your liking to create a travel poster using an effective color scheme that you come up with yourself.   Each color scheme must use a variation of in intensity (a muted, chromatic gray, prismatic) in the composition.    Consider a place that might be your dream travel destination (Greece, Italy, Thailand, France, etc.)  Do a little research to find out what items might be unique to that location, so you might include images of these items in your composition.

Sketchbook:  Create 4-6 sketches that will effectively convey to the viewer the country of destination that you have selected.  Carefully consider both an interesting and engaging design as well as effective combinations of color that you will be using to make your poster.

Create:  a 7x10” poster using shapes on Bristol board with Gouache.  Remember craftsmanship will be of great importance.  You are encouraged to use visual references.  You may google “travel poster” for inspiration, but the design needs to be something fresh and only yours (no reproductions). NO MODELING WITH PAINT.  You are to only paint shapes. 

You will present your work along with a short artist statement) about the work that you have created, discussing the subject matter and choices of colors you have made in the composition and why.   This one to two paragraph artist statement will count as one of your research papers.  

You will need to turn in a typed version of this artist statement along with your composition.

Here are some images from Travel posters I found online. 

Here are some examples from previous students

And an example of her artist statement

Student's Name
Thomas Green
28 March 2014
Artist Statement: Color Trip, Destination South Korea
             In this assignment, I chose South Korea as my travel poster destination both because a large fraction of my family is Korean, and because through my knowledge of the country, I know it holds a wide range of sights, geography, and weather.  There are many sights and landmarks that are both natural and manmade, old and new, in South Korea from the multiple mountain ranges, including the Dinosaur Ridge (as is added in my composition), to more modern architecture, such as the famous N Tower which provides restaurant dining and aerial cable car viewing of Seoul (seen on the far right).  I wanted my main focus in the poster to be the East Palace from the Gyongbokgung Palace--perhaps the only thing that defines the destination as an Asian country.  In the end, I also added the national flower of South Korea, the hibiscus syriacus, because its topical air contrasts with that of the cool mountains.  Likewise, I chose a color scheme that would describe the bright, diverse array of culture that can be seen in South Korea today, and settled on warm versus cool colors (also inspired from the national flag which juxtaposes red and blue, two obvious displays of the temperature at near opposite sides of the color wheel).  Warmth is created by the natural red accents of the N Tower and painted woodwork of the East Palace, but also by a sunset behind the mountains and a mimicking reflection on the cobblestone yard in front of it, with the previously described hibiscus flowers' natural colors.  Every other color used is a prismatic or muted cool color, being mainly blue and blue greens (that of the mountains).  The mountains become a backdrop for the man-made buildings, which then become a backdrop for the hibiscus and gradient. 

Here is another student's work: 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Week 4: Chromatic Grays

Spring 2015_Color Studies, week 4: Chromatic Grays

Mixing Chromatic Grays
Required Materials: gouache, brushes, palette, sketchbook, pencils, water container, metal ruler, exacto knife and paper towels. .

Sketchbook assignment-Mix two different chromatic grays from each of the 6 colors on the color wheel..  One cool gray and one warm gray (middle range value).   Write the name of the prismatic color along with the two grays.  . Use 1x2 inch squares.

Chromatic grays –are subtle colors so diminished in saturation (muted and dulled to near neutrals) that they emphasize their grayness while still displaying a flash of hue.  Chromatic grays can be made by mixing various proportions of complementary colors together with the addition of white if necessary, to lighten the gray to match the value of a certain prismatic hue. Chromatic grays can also be made mixing a prismatic color with achromatic grays, black, a chromatic dark or other chromatic grays.  Add white if necessary, to lighten the gray to match the value of a certain prismatic hue.  Chromatic darks can be mixed from ultramarine blue and raw umber.  More blue results in a cooler dark and more raw umber makes for a warmer dark. Cut a sample of the resulting dark with white to check the temperature of the mixtures.

Note: In this class white is a necessity, not a virtue. The point is to create chromatic grays, not washed out pastels.
Muted color – Colors that have lost saturation in mixing, but whose parent colors are still easily identifiable (blue-green or red-orange).
Prismatic color – Pure hues that represent the spectrum colors at highest saturation.
Saturation – Intensity or chroma. Saturation refers to purity of hue and the measure of inherent light.
Value – the relative luminousity (lightness or darkness) of a color.
High key – refers to colors that are light in value.
Low key – Colors that are predominantly dark.

Outside Assignment: Chromatic Grays – Color studies/Variation on a visual theme/Family resemblance
• Create three abstract compositions based on a subject of your choosing. using neutralized colors or chromatic grays. The compositions should relate and carry a resemblance to one another.  Research, take photos, or find an image to draw inspiration from.  You want to have good interaction in your design; push the design, but don’t overcrowd it.  11-15 shapes is good, no more than 16-20 shapes.
-Create 6-10 sketches in your sketchbook, from which you will choose 3.  Paint selected designs on a 3x5” piece of Bristol board.   Mount your 3”x5” studies on 9”x12” Bristol. Craft is important. Keep border clean.

-The first should have a broad range of values. The second two should use a narrow value range with one in high key chromatic grays and one in low-key chromatic grays. Use high key hues in the high key version and low-key hues in the low-key version.