Josef Albers Color – Value and Hue

josef-albers-homage-to-the-square-on-google-julia-ritsongreengridThis project was the first in our study of colors. Before beginning we looked at Josef Alber and his studies involving interaction of color. I was found it fascinating that two colors could appear so different depending on the colors surrounding them. From this I decided to cut out 4 shades of each color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)  multiple times and arrange them differently so they hopefully appeared differently. I cut out the same secondary colors (purple, green, and orange) three times and placed a different primary color beneath each of them. Overall I think this was very effective because the secondary colors look different based on the background color, despite being the exact same color as the one next to it. – Josef Albers

As a class we are going to complete a color study. Each table will work with a limited color palette. Using tempera paints provided create three 9″ x 12″ sheets of mixed color – tint or hue; warm and cool; intense and dull. Paint as many sets of original color as you can during the class period.

Observe the demonstration on mixing color. Using the painted sheets compare the color by creating color studies. How is a warm red affected by a cool blue? a warm blue? How does a warm blue affect a cool red?  warm red? Create comparisons of color demonstrating how what each color’s components affect how colors are seen.

color-wheel-labeledPersonal color study. Create a color wheel as shown below on one page of your sketchbook using gouache. Create three hues between each primary color. You will be graded on brush and color (hue, tint, hue, tone and shade) control.


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