WARM OR COOL COLORS--Pick either three warm colors (red, orange, yellow) or three cool colors (green, blue, purple) to complete this “drawing”. If you pick warm colors for your objects use the cool colors for your background. If you pick cool colors for your objects use the warm colors for your back ground. The point of the exercise is to help you see the brightest highlights and the darkest shadows. Begin by deciding where you want your horizon line. Of the three back ground colors, save the darkest to use later. Between the two remaining colors, decide which color to use above the horizon line and which to place below the horizon line. The color you use below the horizon line will become the surface on which your objects sit. Cut this piece to fit below the horizon line. Glue it in place. You will use the three object colors to represent your objects and make distinct shadows and highlights. Begin by deciding which of the three colors will represent the object as a whole. From colored construction paper tear or cut out the shapes of your objects. Paste them onto your background. Pick the lightest color to use as highlights and the darkest color to use as shadows. After you have your objects in place, tear or cut the shapes of the shadows from the darkest color and glue them in place. Then, cut out or tear the shapes of your highlights from your lightest color and glue them in place. In addition to a horizon line, you need to ground your objects by making a cast shadow. REMEMBER: shadows lay flat on flat surfaces and face outward from the objects on the opposite side from the brightest highlights. The cast shadow should be the darkest of your background colors. DO not get alarmed if this “drawing” seems less realistic than either of the other Color Theory still lifes.
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