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Which one is left out?
In order to help students understand color opposites I explain it this way.
The primary colors are: red, yellow and blue.
Two make one
It' takes two primary colors to make a secondary color.
The secondary colors are: orange, purple and green. All secondary colors have two primary colors.
If a student would like the flower petal to be orange they have to find the opposite of that for the background in order for it to really show and glow.
A primary color will find it's opposite in the secondary colors.
A secondary color will find it's opposite in the primary colors.
How to know for sure it's the opposite color
It all goes back to the three primary colors.
All three colors will be utilized in some formula in which two are mixed together and the last primary color will stand alone.
For example in the artwork below by Nicholas, he wanted his flower to be orange which is a secondary color made up of the two primary colors red and yellow.
The primary color left out of the flower is blue, therefore blue is the choice for the background.
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.