Color Concept: Using Hue, Value, and Saturation - David Hornung

SAQA Seminar (Exercise)

Try out this color exercise by David Hornung from his book Color: A Workshop for artists and designers.  

  1.  Get four pieces of stiff card (card stock or Bristol Board). Each piece should be around 5 x 7 inches.
  2. Using color cut from magazines (try to use solid colors only) create four simple designs. Each design should have no fewer than four or no more than ten different colors.  

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  1. Get four pieces of cardboard or cardstock. Each piece should be around 8 x 11 inches. 
  2. Using color cut from solid (or solid-reading) fabrics create four simple designs. Each design should have no fewer than four or no more than ten different colors. 
  3. Use a glue stick to affix the pieces to the card stock or board.  There should be no white of the page showing in the finished designs.
  4. Create a different color atmosphere in each design.  Select your color mindfully, thinking about hue, value and saturation.

Have a color concept in mind for each design and try to express it.  Try not to be pictorial and keep your shapes simple.  Some examples are shown at the end of the video. We’ll share and discuss our designs at the Friday Zoom session.

David would like to see some of the designs, so please take pictures and share them via our submission form.  Or, feel free to post them to our Members Only Facebook page as well!

Jeanne Marklin shared her exercise results with us. View Results

Additional Resources

Catalog coverColor: A workshop for artists and designers third edition, David Hornung

Coming from a painter’s experience, this book addresses how to work with color. It includes some exercises based on Joseph Albers’ work. Available through Amazon.com and other online booksellers.

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