COMPLEMENTARY COLOR STILL LIFE ACRYLIC PAINTING For this exercise pick one pair of complementary colors and complete a still life using the mixture of those colors as well as the tints and shades of the mixed colors. You may use your color chart as a guide but remember there is a wider range of value than your chart shows. The still life you choose should be the same still life you used for the monochromatic drawing. You will not, however, be penalized if you picked a different group of objects. The reason I ask you to use the same group is for the sake of comparison during critique. Your goal is to paint the still life as realistically as possible while ignoring the color of the objects and paying close attention to the value range. Pick the direction of your light source and highlight and shade accordingly. Address the negative space (the background and surface on which the objects sit) as much as the positive space. In general when painting with acrylics working from the back to the front helps the front objects pushed forward because they are literally on top of the background. DO NOT place your objects directly on the horizon line or on the bottom edge of the picture plane unless you intensionally mean for part of the object to seem as though it is outside of the picture plane. If you want your object to break the wall of the picture plane make sure you understand how that choice impacts the balance within your composition. This exercise will be graded on your composition as well as your success at creating objects with volume and form using complementary colors, shades, and tints. Use the range of values you found by making a color chart to determine the highlights and shadows both in the positive space and the negative space. You should have no white canvas when you're finished.
Rubric, Grading, & Feedback sheet _____ The artist followed each requirement of the assignment—size, material, and subject matter. _____ The artist completed the assignment in a timely manner both not hurrying just to get done yet also finishing by the due date. _____ The artist was intentional with regard to composition, scale, and detail. _____ The artist addressed the negative space as well as the positive space when completing the project. _____ The artist laid down a background and built the painting up in layers. _____ The artist created form and volume by including shading, highlights, and cast shadows. _____ The artist use the elements of form, color, and line to move the viewer’s eyes around the picture plane and create a unified piece. _____ The artist used balance and emphasis to attract the viewer's attention and communicate a specific point of view. _____ The artist enhanced the work by creating texture and using both variety and repetition. _____ The project was properly labeled. _____ Total /50 COMMENTS: