Color theory evaluation is ongoing. Students should keep their color circles handy for color reference each time they have a project. They can be tested by providing only primary colors, periodically, when asked to create a picture. Following are additional suggestions for evaluating your students' progress.
1. Students have learned that green is one of the light colors in the spectrum. One way to test their skill in mixing is by having them do the following:
- Drawing paper
- White paint
- Primary colors (Do not give them green. Instruct them to make their own.)
Collect a leaf from outside.Tape it to a sheet of paper or hold it down and trace around it. Make several copies of the tracing. (Allow room for error.)
Using their knowledge about the color circle, have them try to duplicate the color. You will be able to tell which students understand the process of blending by noticing how they make their green and gradually add the white as needed to match the leaf.
Tape the leaf next to the drawing and display on a board so that the students can stand back and critique their work.
2. Display a series of Impressionistic art pictures. (Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, etc.) Ask the students a series of questions, e.g.,Identify the color scheme in this picture. How did the artist achieve color harmony in this picture?
These color theory lessons are the basis for many other painting and art lessons. Once students have these concepts down, they will be able to understand and implement new art elements in all they create.