STUDENT PROJECTS FROM COLOR AND DESIGN CLASS
THE BLUE/ORANGE PROJECT
Color and Design is a foundations class at the Art Institutes, International, Minnesota. Most students must take this course as a prerequisite to their major, so most of these designs are done by first year students.
This is the Blue-Orange project. For this project students are required to work with the archetypal layout of horizontal, vertical, and circle. This is a pictorial structure we see in all cultures, from Celtic crosses to Tibetan sand mandalas. The various designs that can be built on it appear to be infinite.
The colors they use (though I'm afraid they don't always read very accurately in my photographs here) are Blue and Orange, as dominant, with the two colors analogous to blue and the two colors analogous to orange as subordinate hues. So, blue with blue-violet and blue-green, and orange with red-orange and yellow-orange.
The full range of values must also be employed, from dark to light.
Each of these designs are 16 x 16 inches, on canvas paper.