Principles of Color - Artists

Written: Sep 13 2005, revised 8/8/2011, by Donna Young

About This Week

During the time that we used Alpha Omega Press LifePac Electives Art, Unit Two, we took a few days at the end of the unit to study artists and their use of color and light in their work. This was a bit of art history mixed in with reinforcing her lessons on color effects and color schemes (also called color harmonies).

Many artists used dramatic light effects and colors in their paintings. This week my daughter will read about four artists and look at photographs of their art. We used books, for your convenience, I will link to ibiblio

Writing on the WallMonday: Rembrandt

We started with Rembrandt as the opener artist. He is more commonly known than some of the other artists that we will read about this week. He is know for dramatic use of light and shadow.
Rembrandt is featured in Gallery 4

Supper at EmmausTuesday: Caravaggio

A trailblazer - I like his " Supper at Emmaus " and it is featured in Gallery 4

Wednesday: Vincent van Gogh

Read about artist, look at certain paintings and tell what type of palette was used.. (complementary colors, split-complementary, analogous, monochromatic ) - See Assignment Example Below
Web site linked below is a resource for paintings.

Thursday: Edward Hopper

Do the same as yesterday
Web site linked below is a resource for paintings.

Girl with gold earringFriday: Jan Vermeer

The same as yesterday.
Web site linked below is a resource for paintings.

Assignment Example

Below are two examples of Color Harmonies.

Complementary Palette

This work by Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by Jean-Franois Millet's engraving of peasants.
Noon: Rest From Work 1889-90, Muse d'Orsay, Paris
Primarily painted with blues and oranges.

Rest From Work

Split Complementary Palette

Irises 1890
Painted with blues and yellow-oranges.


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