Secondary / Complementary Color

Secondary / Complementary Color

Art from image

Big Idea:

Use of hue and tone to create art.

Description of Setting:

High School Art Classroom, 30+ students, 9 tables, 35 chairs, 2 sinks, projector

Public School, Fall Semester, 2nd Quarter

45 minute class periods

Art History:

Artists have been using the properties of color since the discovery of pigments in plants, animals and minerals. Some popular artists using color are:

Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc

Many different periods of art all use color and hue to create organic depictions of real life.

Goal and Outcomes:

Be able to differentiate the color palette. Use Hue and Tone with two secondary or complementary colors to recreate an image of your choice.

Create an artwork based off a picture.

Use watercolor appropriately with different water color techniques.

Expand on value with hue and tone of color.

Positive Critique will be had at end of project.

Discussion pertaining to the silhouette project in class. Is it art? How did it make you feel? Does this give you opportunities to express yourselves in other ways?


Watercolor paper, watercolors, 16×20 sheet of water color paper, sketch books, brushes, cups

Management Procedure:

Students will arrive on time and take there seats for attendance. Students will stay attentive and quiet while working.Students will not text on cell phones. Students will raise hand with questions. Students will respect one another and the work that is being created. Students will give positive feed back.

Instructional Process:

Students will walk into class and take their seats and wait for instruction. Once everyone is quiet students will be presented the Secondary / Complementary assignment.There will be a 20 minute presentation and discussion on how to use hue and tone to create value with color.

Students will first practice using watercolors getting experience with how the water reacts to the pigment and the proper way to control the flow of color. Also will discuss different water color techniques.

Students will pick out a personal image or from a magazine and recreate it using two colors from the secondary or complementary color fields.

Students will use proper etiquette and watercolor techniques to create their work of art.

A few days will be given for the process of brain storming and problem solving the final project.

Basic set of art history will be outlined for them.

Once project is finished students will help hang the art work on the wall for critique and discussion. We will then learn and discuss positive feed back and critique.

Students will have the opportunity to pick an artist discussed to start there paper. This paper will help create an art history book and test material at the end of the year.

As the time nears end, the students will put away all material and find their table and wait for the bell patiently.

Student will leave the classroom courteous of one another.

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