Artists can use colour schemes in their artworks to create feelings of peace and calm by using harmonious colours, otherwise known as analogous colours, which are a range of colours that are close together on the colour wheel.
Artists can also create a feeling of excitement in their work by using a contrasting colour scheme, which can be created by using colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel, also called complementary colours.
- Find at least 1 artwork that use harmonious colour schemes and 1 artwork that uses contrasting colour schemes. List the title of the work, the name of student artist and their year level, and what materials were used to create the artwork.
- Look at the colour wheel and then find and list 4 analogous colours and 2 pairs of complementary colours.
- Where in the artwork can you see one of these colour schemes being used?
- What colours does the artist use to create the effect of harmony or contrast?
- What kind of mood or feeling do you think the artist is creating in this work?
- If you created this artwork, what might you change about the use of colour?
Create a drawing or painting of an interior view of your favourite room using colours to create a scene of harmony or contrast.
Share your drawing with a friend or the class, and tell them about the colours you chose and what feeling you wanted them to provoke.
Well-known artists that can be used as examples or for inspiration include:
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Henri Matisse
- Edvard Munch
- Margaret Preston