Video Librarian: Sharyn Pak shows viewers how to choose colors and mix pigment in this informative and engaging arts and crafts guide. Working from a clear script by director (and husband) Larry Withers, Pak discusses “how to look at an object, notice the color, then mix a color to fit.” She touches on hue, value, intensity, and color bias (in which the undertones of two mixed components determine whether the result is clear and vibrant or subtle and subdued). The presentation is well organized, moving from a list of materials through color theory and hands-on exercises to actually mixing paints, then painting a still life. Pak routinely pauses to summarize points or to include a factoid about, say, the temperature of colors (warm or cool). DVD extras include PDF files (color wheels, color bias wheels, and value scales, as well as a form for “auditioning” a new color). Highly recommended.
HomeSchool.com: When learning about color in an art class, you usually make some sort of color wheel, and you may also do several other charts. Color Mixology walks you through this process using oil or acrylic paint. A materials list is included and reviewed in the DVD.
Eleven short lessons cover what color is, he, value, intensity, color bias, mixing the color you want, and auditioning new colors. To help you understand some of these concepts, you will make color wheels, value scales, color bias wheels,and other charts using primary colors, black, and white. The DVD includes PDF files of the types of charts you need. You can print these off from your computer onto inkjet canvas sheets, which can be found at art supply stores. You can also make your own charts and wheels using the files or DVD lessons as a guide. There are no instructions given for doing this, but it is fairly straightforward.
Once you have an idea of the different characteristics of color, you can use what you have learned by painting a picture using the still life in the DVD. This will five you a good idea of whether or not you have understood and assimilated all of the ideas. If not, you can always go back to a lesson and study it again. The lessons are short and effective. You should have a good grasp of color once you have worked through all of the charts. Once you have mastered mixing your repertoire of other colors and make charts for those.
For absolute beginners, this is an excellent introduction to color and how to work with it.
The array of colors available to today’s artist is staggering. That’s why it’s more important than ever that the artist have a command of color theory and color mixing.
This program is a “hands-on” course on color mixing designed to give the artist the knowledge and practical experience needed to mix colors—oils or acrylics—with complete confidence.
This video is structured around the four basic characteristics of color:
• and color bias.
Once you know how to manipulate these characteristics, mixing any color becomes easy.
Host: Sharyn Pak Withers
Running time: 67 minutes
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