I can’t believe the semester has come to an end. It was a pleasure being a part of your SVA education this past year!
Last class will be from 9-11, 4/26. Hand in your final portfolio CD. If you would like to meet with me individually, sign-up for a time, beginning at 9am. If you are just dropping off your CD, please do so between 9-10 at the classroom.
Next class, we will meet at the MoMA at 10:30 in the downstairs lobby. Bring your sketchbook and take a few hours to explore all it has to offer.
Together, we will visit and discuss the exhibition:
Standard Deviations: Types & Families in Contemporary Design (3rd Floor)
For more info, read AIGA Coverage of the event
While you are at the museum, also check out:
German Expressionism: the Graphic Impulse
Next week is our last class! So you’ll have 2 weeks to put together your final portfolio for the semester. This should include all assignments from Spring semester. Scan or take photos of all compositions. Compile them into one PDF. Burn this onto a DVD and label it with your full name and ‘Visual Language, Spring 2011′. If you have trouble creating the pdf, you can save all images as jpegs. Fit all compositions for that assignment on one page.
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Choose one of your favorite compositions from Fall semester, and add color to it! Incorporate one of the palette types we have discussed. Also use color hierarchy to achieve visual harmony. You can increase the size if necessary.
This will prepare you for assembling your final portfolio, due April 26 (last day of class). More to come on that.
Take photographs in the following six areas and create palettes directly from these:
2. a fast food restaurant
3. your room
4. streets of nyc
5. a floral arrangement/flowers
6. a human interaction
Create color combinations based on each photograph. Present your 6 photos and their 6 palettes in the format of your choice. the 6 page accordian book seems to work the best. view examples.
The objective of this exercise is to observe and record the endless amount of color combinations in our everyday environments. You can use found paper or gouache.
Create a series of 4 color compositions that express your personal relationship to the four seasons.
4-fold accordian book. Each collage should be 4×6 or larger- up to 8×8.
Use found paper. Each composition should exhibit a color hierarchy (dominant, subdominant, highlight colors).
Collages should communicate your personal relationship/interpretation of each season. Create a narrative between each collage. DO NOT make the collages literal.
This assignment is due on March 22, so you have two weeks. Feel free to email me sketches for feedback. Please note, there will be no class held on March 15.
In this assignment, you will create 3 types of color pallettes and implement these in collages that apply Contrast of Proportion.
The palette for each collage must be one of the following types of color combinations (memorize these!)
Monochromatic: Colors that are shade or tint variations of the same hue.
Analogous: Colors located adjacent to each other on a color wheel.
Complementary Colors across from each other on a color wheel.
Not as common, but important to know:
Split-Complementary: One hue plus two others equally spaced from its complement.
Double-Complementary: Two complementary color sets; the distance between selected complementary pairs will effect the overall contrast of the final composition.
Triad: Three hues equally positioned on a color wheel.
Contrast of Proportion
When colors are juxtaposed, our eyes perceive a visual mix. This mix will differ depending on the proportions of allocated areas.
- The color with the largest proportional area is the dominant color (the ground).
- Smaller areas are subdominant colors.
- Accent colors are those with a small relative area, but offer a contrast because of a variation in hue, intensity, or saturation (the figure).
Create three collages that exhibit contrast of proportion. Use found paper based on the palettes you created in-class. Compositions should be abstract, and incorporate the principles learned last semester.
1) Create palettes for your homework, 3 total.
Next class, 2/22, your final color wheels are due. Be prepared to present and discuss your process and concept. Remember, this is a two week assignment and will weigh more heavily in the calculation of your final grade.
Make it spectacular, well-crafted, and unexpected.
I look forward to being wowed!
In the center of the color wheel are 3 primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue.
Outside of that are 3 secondary colors, made by mixing the primary colors:
Red + Yellow = Orange
Yellow + Blue = Green
Red + Blue = Purple or Violet
Mixing these secondary colors with primary colors will make your 6 Tertiary Colors: Yellow Orange, Red Orange, Red Violet, Blue Violet, Blue Green, Yellow Green
In-class assignment: create a color wheel that includes primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Select a format from the examples shown in class. Then, add the 2 lighter shades and darker shades as shown in Ittens color star. This will be the color sample you base your personal color wheel project on.
Any color can be lightened by adding white, the same color can be darkened by adding black. In Itten’s Color Star, each of the 12 colors of the wheel is accompanied by two light and two dark colors.
Project 5: Create a color wheel with the 12 hues of Ittens color star. Come up with a conceptual representation that is interesting while maintaining accuracy.
This is a two-week project. Next week your first rough draft is due. You will present your idea and a fully-executed sketch.
View color wheel student examples
Cool Color Scheme
The hues of violet, blue, light blue, cyan, and sea green are generally referred to as the cool colors. As with the warm colors, the cool colors can shift your perception of temperature although they tend to make you feel colder instead of warmer. Compositions that use the cool colors often seem slick and professional, but the coldness these colors radiate often turns people off. Psychologically, cool colors are associated with sadness, depression, and melancholia.
Warm Color Scheme
The hues of magenta, red, orange, yellow, and yellowgreen are generally referred to as the warm colors. These colors produce a synaesthetic experience of heat in most viewers. Studies have been conducted in which test subjects were placed in rooms painted in a warm color and their perceptions of the room’s temperature was almost always much warmer than its actual temperature. The warmth that these colors radiate tends to make them seem warm, cozy, and inviting and they draw attention very easily. Psychologically warm colors are associated with happiness and comfort.
Project 4: Create a color scale that goes from warm to cool, and cut your swatches into 25 1′squares. Arrange them in a composition that exhibits the transition from warm to cool. Mount with a 1′ margin top and sides, 2′ on the bottom.
The greater the distance between hues on a color wheel, the greater the contrast.
contrast of hue: strongest expression
contrast of hue: greatest luminosity (brightness)
In-Class: Create a grid pattern based on contrast of hue (5×5 squares, 3-5 colors)
Homework: Using the palette you created in class, create a composition inspired by the format of Josef Albers ‘Homage to a Square’. Composition should be 7×7, mounted on black with a 1′margin on top and sides, 2′ margin on bottom.