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Color Studies

Color Studies

This week class resumed after the cold and snowy winter break. I chose Color for our inspiration, which is very welcome in January. We spent time discussing the elements of color and how closely it is intertwined with science. Who isn't in awe of a rainbow? I feel the best way to appreciate color and mix colors is by using transparent gels that are designed for theater lighting.

It was the work of Johannes Itten, a Swiss expressionist painter, designer, and teacher associated with the Bauhaus who developed his theories and unique approach to color like a science. His teachings provided the foundation for modern color theory. Itten was one of the first people to define and identify strategies for successful color combinations. He went on to establish his own modern art school in Berlin. In 1938, he moved to the Netherlands and became the Director of the School of Applied Arts and later the Museum of Applied Arts in Zurich. Itten's work and theories have had an immense influence and are taught in all art schools and utilized by the textile industry, architects, and designers. His studies of color palettes and color interaction directly influenced most of the art movements of the 20th century and many contemporary artists and designers.


The lesson this week

was to use primary and secondary colors,

and warm and cool colors,

to create unique mixed media collages.


 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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