Color Grid 18″

Project Overview

This Project asks you to create the most interesting and unique color compositions possible. The goal is to study how color is affected by pattern and context, see color relationships, and begin to work with complex grid structures. Making incremental changes can bring about large variety within a system. In this assignment we will focus on changes of color.  There are several parts to the project so be sure to work methodically and carefully.



Analogous Colors | Complimentary colors | Cool colors, Warm colors |Monochromatic colors | Simultaneous contrast | Color, Hue, Shade, Value, | Intensity, Grid, Shape | Form, Balance, Harmony |Relationship, Repetition  | Pattern


Part 1

In your sketchbook design six 2″ inch squares. Follow these rules in your design.

Each square design may be diagonally, horizontally or vertically, or any combinations of such. (three elements, no more than five per square) 

Color grid01

Part II

Once you and your professor select a 2″ inch modular design from your sketches, create a linear grid structure based on the shape. This grid will serve as the pattern for all of your compositions. You may orient your pattern any way you wish. See linear grid examples. By having the same grid structure underlying all the compositions we can focus our attention on how different color schemes and choices affect the artwork.

color grid02

Select 3 to 5 colors per composition. Potentially you could use a maximum of 30 different colors to complete this assignment, though you should use the same color in more than one composition a few times to see how that same color behaves in different contexts. On occasion, colors may be placed next to themselves, thus eliminating the grid and creating what appears to be a new form.  Be careful not to go overboard and always serve the overall aesthetic value of the work.

In all you will create 6 different color compositions, one representing each of the following terms:

-Analogous colors

-Complimentary colors

-Cool colors

-Warm colors

-Monochromatic colors

-Simultaneous contrast


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