Thursday, 26 October 2017

Week 7 City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 7161

Week 7 Studying the Colour Wheel.

This mornings class was to help the students understand the colour wheel, an easy task you might think! after all we've all seen the colour wheel, we see colour in our every day lives. Our eyes, as soon as we wake are bombarded by hues of every description and sometimes unknowingly they have a very deep profound effect on the way we feel and think.
Image result for colourful veg

This picture of gorgeous brightly coloured fresh
vegetables, to me, gives a sense of energy, of wholesomeness,
health and naturalness.
The fact that the picture is mostly made up of red and green
opposites on the colour wheel does not even enter your
thoughts but opposite colours generally give liveliness to
a picture. The fact that there are different hues of red and 
green make it more appealing to look at and give a vibrant
happy feeling. Opposite colours on the colour wheel are
called complimentary colours.

Image result for pictures with opposites on the color wheel

A picture I found on the internet of how 
complimentary colours can sometimes be very
irritating to look at after a short time. Your eyes
are fighting to view one or the other colour.
But in advertising complimentary colours are
used to grab our attention and make us remember
their brand by using strong bright colours. Such as
the green and red cockeral on the cornflakes packet or
yellow and blue on WD40 oil.

Manufacturers, designers and artist realise how powerful colour can be in making us see things in a different way. They are extremely clever at using colour to make us view their product or painting in such a way that we don't actually realise we are even being taken on a journey by the colours they have cleverly chosen to use.

Image result for paintings with one color

Van Gough's painting The Starry Night is basically one
colour, blue and a splash of it's complimentary yellow,
and yet it is still vibrant and evokes a sense of coolness
of the night, a wintry night and yet it still has depth, 
perspective and movement from the brush strokes
and the use of shades and tints of the blue paint.
A very clever painting indeed.

We also discussed the addition of black and white to a colour the result being a colour with added 
white is a tint and a colour with black added is called a shade.

Image result for colour tints
This is an image from I often research
the internet for all sorts of information and this
clearly shows the transition of colours by adding white
or black to alter the colour to a different hue.

The pure colour on the left feels quite warm but as more
black or white are added the colours seem cooler. Reds,
yellows, oranges have the effect of warmth, where as
greens, blues and purples have the effect of feeling cooler.
Again these effects can make the viewer believe that
a painting or piece of textile art depicting a certain
time of day, location or time of year can be made more effective by clever use of colour.

In short that was the lesson for this week, there will not be a blog next week because we are taking a break for half term. I leave you then with some pictures of the work that the students have done so far in their books on line study and mark making. I couldn't be more proud of them they have produced some glorious work so far even though I restricted them to black and white.
After half term I will be posting hopefully some of their work on their next hand embroidered piece which will be based on the colour of primary, and secondary colours. Homework for the next couple of weeks.
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Take some time out to stitch and take care!
Best stitches
Beccy xxx


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