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Colour Theory
Take notes from the presentation on how colour affects us.

Colour Wheel
Create your own colour wheel with the worksheet. Fill your page! Glue and decorate your theory notes with appropriate colours or styles.

Artist Study

Archetype by Roger Kemp

What style is this painting? What do you think it is of? And why? How does it make you feel? Why? What if instead of being blue and purple it was red and orange?

The Scream by Edvard Munch

What kind of colours does the artist use in this painting? Does his choice of colours and shapes affect the mood of the painting? What do you think this person is thinking?

Collins st,5p.m. by John Brack

I used to stand in the doorway every night between 4.45 and 5.30 to watch the stream as it passed ... As a matter of fact it used to strike me as most eerie, to be sketching within three feet of so many people, none of whom took the slightest notice. John Brack on Brack, 1956.

John Bracks Collins St, 5p.m. is considered to be both an iconic painting of peak-hour Melbourne and a social commentary on daily life in the 1950s. The painting depicts people emotionally closed down by the grind of daily work. The office workers are unaware of each other, despite their close proximity, and are oblivious of the artist, who may be drawing them. It is also a painting about the loss of individuality and a lack of social cohesion among the masses. This idea may have wider political implications to do with class and power relationships.

How does Brack achieve the feelings and message mentioned above?

The Car by John Brack

I can recall the circumstances of this painting quite clearly. Walking in a suburban street one day the car passed me, and as it did so, the occupants looked out. This seemed to compose itself as a picture instantly, which I have found to be rare. Even then I had great difficulty in fitting the car into a rectangle in such a way that the faces would be at the right distance from the spectator i.e. close up. John Brack, CAE Discussion Group Art Notes.

The car itself is an unusual artistic framing device, the landscape is distant and the faces are dislocated from the ancient land. John Brack found suburban people going for their Sunday drive more interesting than the landscape they passed by; in contrast, the countryside appears dull and desolate. What is the use of colour achieving? Imagine it in different colours...

Colour Experiment
Use the same image. Try 6 different colour techniques (e.g. monochrome, complimentary, warm etc.)

Blending Colour
Applications verse images- for example, circles as horizons and movement. Paint a sunset.
Theres an example in Mr Schulz folio

Colour to create depth

Use black, white, red and yellow. Use pure colours in the foreground and grey and yellow in the background to give depth. Theres an example in Mr Schulz folio

Starry Night Van Gogh

Task: In groups, take an individual piece of Starry Night and paint your section as close as possible to the original. When your group is finished, place all pieces back together to create a major piece.

Complimentary Colours
Use the monochrome image of legs and paint two overlapping umbrellas using complimentary colours. Make one more detailed by mixing colours, for example making pastel shades.

Colour and Emotion

Revise how the artists we studied earlier used colour to achieve emotion. Create how you feel today Choose paint, watercolour, crayon, collage and go for it!

Experimenting with colour, line and shape

Use crayon. Change foreground and background. Change direction of lines. Zoom in. Zoom out.

Warm V Cool
What colours do we use for different moods? Seasons? Times of day? Draw the outline of a shape. Decide whether the foreground or background will be warm or cool, or vice versa. Use crayon to create.

The Weight of Colouring

Draw your own scales and label different styles of colouring with pencil based on this image:

Monochrome plus one

Paint the image of the lady in her hat (or something as simple). Use only black, white and one other colour that you will blend to create a feeling.
Theres an example in Mr Schulz folio

Watercolour Splatters
Draw the outline of some splatters on your page. Use watercolour to paint warm colours at the front and cool colours at the back.