Warm and Cool Color Mosaics

Warm and Cool Color Mosaics


Warm and Cool colors set each other off. If you put warm colors beside cool colors, the warm colors jump right out of the picture! This assignment will demonstrate those qualities.

Warm Colors -- Colors on the yellow side of the color wheel (red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green)
Cool Colors -- Colors on the blue side of the color wheel (green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet, red-violet)
Mosaic -- picture made of small pieces of broken glass or tile
Organic Shape -- a natural shape, like a leaf, flower, star, etc… (not a geometric shape like square, triangle, circle)


You need:

Here's what you do:

1. Draw an interesting organic shape. Draw lightly first, then outline the shape darkly so you can find it again after the next step.
2. Now draw lines over the entire picture, all the way to the edges, dividing the page into triangles. Ignore your organic shape -- the triangles should go over the picture like it isn't even there. It should look like you're viewing your shape through a piece of broken glass.
3. Color all the triangles (and pieces of triangles) inside the organic shape using warm colors. You will need to color them darkly and smoothly for the best effect.
4. Color all the triangles and pieces outside the organic shape using cool colors. They need to be colored darkly and smoothly, too.
5. If you need to, draw back any lost details with a black colored pencil or black marker.

A student work

You can reverse the colors for an unusual effect.

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