Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Art: Color, Value, Monochromatic and Color Theory

Did you ever think about where color came from? When was it created?  Everything in creation was given color. Do you think it's important to know or acknowledge that the elements of art were designed by our Creator? Do you think it's important to know how to defend that with scripture? I do! :) Let's find out what evidence there is in scripture regarding color...

Leading Idea:
Color & Value were created during the days of creation.

Biblical Principle:

Color was given to us when God created Light.

Value was given to us when God separated light from darkness.

In Genesis 1:1-5 we read:
"1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
 4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."

  • Properties of Spectrum Light:

Color is simply light of different wavelengths and frequencies.

  • Properties of Color Value:

"... and God divided the light from the darkness...." Did ever think much about what that meant? When God separated the light from the darkness, He created Value!

What is Value?  In art, it's the range from dark to light. You've probably seen a value scale before:

Grant it, the above chart is in gray scale... but we see value in color as well. Here's just one example below:

 Photo: Copyright Principled Academy

Here we see the value from dark pink (closer to red) to a very light pink (closer to white).

For the art project, I had the kids draw birds. Then they painted them in a Monochromatic scheme and practiced the use of value as well. You could have your students draw virtually anything- naturally it doesn't have to be a bird.

What is Monochromatic? It's one color- but it may consist of value. The rose (above) is a monochromatic flower. Monochromatic is a color scheme that God has used in much of His creation. We see it in animals (you can google horses, birds, cats... or check out a book at the library). We see it in plants- flowers and foliage (again you can google for this, check out a book at the library, or even walk in a garden). Evidence of monochromatic color schemes are found throughout God's creation.

What Some of the Kids Did!

Color Theory and the Color Wheel:

The first color wheel was invited by Sir Isaac Newton. You can learn about color theory here. Is it any wonder how Isaac Newton, and later other observant men, came up with color theory? Just look at creation and notice the various aspects of color theory given by our Creator. Men designed the color wheel, but our Creator designed the concept of color theory when He gave us a variety of ways that colors are used beautifully together.

You can go here to get a free color wheel download for your students. You can even have them create one with paint, if you'd like to. :)


Remember to have your students take notes and file it in their notebook. You can even create a photo book which contains their notes and art for a keepsake! 

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