I can’t wait to share the new Color Scheme Game toy with my students in California next week!
When I was a child I had a toy very similar to this; colored paper sat upon a spinning top and when the top spun, the colors mixed together to create new colors. I’m sure you can still buy something like this from a store. The problem with the pre-fabricated toys is that the colors are never the colors you are actually painting with. In addition, you don’t learn anything about the characteristics of the pigments you’re using. It’s the same problem with purchasing pre-fabricated color wheels. When you make your own, you really learn how to mix colors and how each pigment behaves … and … it’s really fun.
I’ve adapted the toy to use with the Color Scheme Game using a limited palette of three primaries. Using the toy, it’s easy to determine a dominant color and to visualize how various proportions of hues will work together to create the desired effect. So simple! I’ve wanted to include color dominance in the workshops, but hadn’t figured out how to present it easily. Visuals are much better than a lot of words. Looking forward to feedback from the students.