Mar 31, 2014

Project 6: Color Relationships- Chromatic vs Achromatic Grey. Due In-class

Color wheel showing inward progression of
desaturation from Prismatic Hue, Muted Hue,
Chromatic Grey to Achromatic Grey (center).
Same color wheel converted to
Grey Scale.

Project Description

This is an in-class project. You will create a composition based on a small still-life in class. The composition will be drawn out twice, using two sheets of bristol board (9 x 9in). Be as precise as possible, to make both compositions the same- use a grid to help layout the composition. 

When deciding on a composition, use cropping as a tool to develop an asymmetrical balance that considers both the foreground and background (figure/ground relationship). 

Your compositions will be painted in acrylic, using four or five different hues (colors). Different values of each hue should be used to develop contrast within your composition. 

Remember, contrast should be used to establish areas of interest. Also, be aware of light, darks, and mid tones. You can reference the value scale projects from the beginning of the year. 

Note: You must choose a color scheme, and write it on the back. (ex. triad, analogous, complimentary, etc.) Name the scheme, and the colors. 


The two compositions must maintain the same relative values. 
The Hues will be the same (hue is the name of the color on the color wheel)
The compositions will be identical (the two will be drawn the same)

The only difference between the two paintings: 
First painting will be CHROMATIC GREYS
Second painting will be ACHROMATIC GREY (aka greyscale).

The only difference is the INTENSITY of the Hue. The Chromatic grey will contain "color", and the Achromatic grey will be completely greyscale (no "color").

When you mix your paints, think of a broad VALUE range that extends from lights to darks. Mix different greys to your pure colors (hues) to get the proper tints, tones, shades. For this assignment, always mix your colors with grey (as opposed to white OR black).

When painting, be sure to block out your colors, and keep the colors flat (no brush strokes, shading, gradients). 

Paper size: 9 x 9 inches


Quality of composition (Iit balanced? Do your eyes keep moving around the page?)
Shifts in Value (Are the values the same between the two paintings?
Shifts in Hue (Are the Hues the same between the two paintings?)
Craftsmanship (Is the paint even? No smudges? straight lines are straight?)  


1:10pm- Review project details. 
1:30pm- Begin painting.
3:00pm- Turn in projects for full credit, and clean up.
3:30pm- Visual presentation of projects. Short review/critique.
  • Note: You may opt to take up to two 15 min. extensions. Each 15 min extension will cost a 1/2 letter  grade deduction. All work must be turned in by 3:30pm. For example, the highest possible grade for work turned in AT 3:30 will be a B. 

Things to consider

This study should help you learn to see how light works in nature, and how light is reflected off objects. 

The following generalizations are often observed throughout the day:

Early Morning- nice muted colors and pastels
Mid Day- Nice bright prismatic colors
Dusk- darker muted colors and chromatic grays

Examples of Paintings using Muted Hues, and Chromatic Grays, then compared to a version done in Achromatic Grey (Grey Scale).

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