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Warm and Cool Colors/Cut-Paper Collage



Catherine Rubin explains warm and cool colors, demonstrates the effects colors have on one another, and shows artworks using warm and cool colors. In the second part of the excerpt, she demonstrates a cut-paper collage activity based on the warm and cool colors lesson. This segment can be used in its entirety, or each part can be used separately. The “Making Art” section of the binder includes instructions for making a cut-paper collage.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to demonstrate how to make a cut-paper collage that focuses on the use of warm and cool colors.
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art (e.g., color effects).
  • Pair with an artist profile, such as stained-glass artist Dan Barnes’ segment, to explore how an artist uses the skills demonstrated in this activity. (Barnes uses combinations of color to express different moods through his illuminated pieces, in much the same way the cut-paper collage project demonstrates the effects of warm and cool colors.)

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