3.3 Complementary Design

Step 1:  Create a sketch on notebook paper of what you want your design to be.  We are looking for abstract shapes – not recognizable shapes (no boats, no hearts, no letters, etc.).  Your design may use either geometric or curvilinear shapes.  It is up to you.

Step 2:  Once you have your design, you need to plan out your colors.  You are using complementary colors.  You may also use light versions, dark versions, and mixtures of these two colors.  Remember that complementary colors are colors which are opposite of each other on the color wheel.

Label your design with these colors.  You need to make sure that no two areas that are the same exact color touch.  Light and dark versions of the same color may touch, but you should not have the exact same color.

Step 3:  You can transfer your design onto the big paper once you have my approval.  You want to be careful to use a light pencil anytime you draw for a painting, so as to prevent the pencil from showing through your paper.  If you write your colors on the page, be sure to erase any markings before you paint in that spot.  Below are some examples.

Assessment:  The sketch is a check grade and is formative.  The painting is graded for accuracy and craftsmanship using the full rubric, and is a summative grade.