Project 4- Value and Texture: Monochrome color Collage



Ability to recognize Hue, Value and Saturation (Chroma, Intensity)

Ability to create overall Composition that has Gradation, contrast, and shows range in hue, saturation (chroma) of chosen color, and Value.

Show Creativity in arrangement, technique, sense of your own personal voice.


VALUE- the degree of lightness or darkness in a color (hue) or the steps from white to black in an achromatic (no color) scale or palette.

TINTS:  color plus white to make lighter

SHADES: color plus black to make darker

TONE: color plus gray (mix of black and white) to create neutrals

TEXTURE— the feel of things, the surface tactile sensation; such as roughness, smoothness, gritty, silky etc. ACTUAL texture is a real material surface that has tactile sensation such as sandpaper, cotton ball,  vs VISUAL texture, which is a picture – photo or illustration OF a textured surface.

DESIGN PRINCIPLES: GRADATION- slow incremental change between two elements (dark to light, color to color, big to small shape etc)

CONTRAST: large change in element – big/small, dark/light, long/short etc

PROJECT: 11”x14” Bristol Collage showing understanding of MONOCHROMATIC color range, GRADATION, CONTRAST, and dynamic use of TEXTURE. The design will include an overall gradation of value, and some areas of CONTRAST, while exploring full range of individual hue and VISUAL  TEXTURES.

  1. Research:  Choose a color you are excited about, either primary or secondary hue – look through magazines and take out as many examples of that color you can find in varying degrees of VALUE, and INTENSITY (saturation, chroma level). Can also use tertiary version of the color; for instance if you choose ORANGE you may use YELLOW-ORANGE, ORANGE and RED-ORANGE in your collage
    1. TEXTURE — also look for as much contrast in TEXTURE in your photographs. Natural textures, human, manmade etc etc.
  2. Collect your photos and cut or rip into smaller usable areas, roughly 3/4” (squares or other easy shape), so that you have piles of different values from lights to middle value to darks, or that color.
    1. Also look at LOW TO HIGH INTENSITY COLOR ( grays and browns) AND TERTIARY BLENDS.
  3. Collage pieces using GRADATION  and some CONTRAST in a simple overall design that shows flow, control of transitions, interesting JUXTAPOSITION of textures.