Updated: Jan 20, 2020
Topic: Painting the clay Figures and Heads in with acrylic paints.
Aim: The Importance of Tones and Colour Values in painting clays.
Colour is the element of art that refers to reflected light.
Colour theory can be broken down into three parts:
Each part of colour theory builds on the previous therefore understanding each section will help you understand its importance in the creation of art making.
Colour Theory/ Part 1 : Colour Wheel :
The colour wheel is made up of three different types of colours; primary, secondary , and tertiary. The primary colours are red, yellow, and blue. Primary colours can only be created through the use of natural pigments.
Secondary colours are orange, green and purple. Secondary colours are created by mixing equal parts of two primary colours. Yellow and blue will give you green, red and blue will give you purple, red and yellow will give you orange, Secondary and all other colours found on the colour wheel can be created by mixing primary colours together.
Tertiary colours are created by mixing equal parts of a secondary colour and a primary colour together. There are six tertiary colours-red-purple, red-orange, blue-green, yellow-green, blue-purple, and yellow-orange. Notice that the proper way to refer to tertiary colours is by listing the primary colour first and the secondary colour, second.
The colours are namely the following; Yellow, Amber, Orange, Vermilion, Red, Magenta, Purple, Violet, Blue, Teal, Green, Chartreuse and so on.
Analogous colours are colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. When used as a colour scheme, analogous colours can be dramatic.
Complementary colours are colours found directly across from each other on the colour wheel. Complementary colour scheme provide strong contrast.
An example: Blue- orange, or red- green, or yellow-green, or red-purple.
Split complementary colour schemes are made up of a colour and it’s complements closest analogous colours.
Examples: Blue, orange- yellow, yellow and/or red-orange, red and green.