IMAGINE & RESEARCH
painted concentric circles on squares as a study in
how colors were perceived when next to each other. His concern was how
background, size, and order effected human perception of the color.
This question is not limited to art or artists. Real people in the
world pay a lot of attention to colors - color combinations, color
orders, contrast colors, complementing colors, and color sizes.
is one industry where the study of color makes money, or not, based on how people perceive color.
Departments of Transportation
the USA pay close attention to color. What color are stop signs? What
color are yield/caution/warning signs? What color are food/sleep/gas
signs? What color is all the writing? Is the purpose of a sign to help?
Is the contrast high or low? Why do you think there is a lot of negative
space between the bright colored background and the white type?
Students sketched out concentric circles on their square. They then
chose paint colors based on what they imagined and put into their
Students chose their paint colors and set to work painting their concentric circles.
Once the colors dried, students presented and discussed what they
noticed about their painting, how the colors interacted with each other,
and what they'd do next time to improve their color combinations.