This book provides engaging instruction for the high school student who wants to paint and be creative along the way. The organized content and conversational tone is equally engaging for both the novice and the more experienced art student. Students find to their delight that they are asked to select their own subjects to paint as they study topics such as tinting hues, color intensity, complementary hues, balance, rhythm and more. Each unit is crafted for focus on one color theory principle at a time while exploring the topic in four unique ways.
Students explore their world in engaging lessons designed to strengthen observation skills as they learn about the creative process in the first lesson of each unit. Art appreciation lessons show how color is used through the study of modern European masters like Van Gogh, Marc, Picasso, and more. Students gain insight about artists and modern movements in Western art. Technique and application lessons allow skills to develop naturally as students work independently without the need for parental instruction. Four special assignments show how artists combine elements of art and broaden the student’s experiences with art materials. The unique feature of the book is the way students learn from its pages, then choose a subject from their own environment, and apply the new information to their own art. The book provides a full credit for the completion of sixty-eight finished paintings in watercolor that are both original and entirely the student’s own. Upon finishing the course, students will be prepared for a college art-related course with a thorough knowledge of the foundational principles of color in art.