FREE FORM COLOR INVESTIGATION
I am a great believer in the importance of teaching students how to notice, mix, and utilize color. I've thought a great deal about the complexities of teaching color. See my article Color Coding, originally published in Art Journal. Color Coding (and Drawing Color Lines) now available on the Spiral Art Education website. spiral.aa.uic.edu
Several years ago, watching students meticulously (and tensely) painting in tiny circles and squares on a series of color vocabulary worksheets I had developed to teach hue, value, chroma, and complementary colors, it occurred to me that I could introduce these same concepts while letting the students enjoy applying paint and developing compositions. I'd be teaching color in a more authentic context and building a bridge between color study and making paintings. Since that time I've seen this assignment utilized many times for children, teens, and teachers. The results are beautiful and all agree that they really "get color" in a new way.