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Color Is Everything, by Dan Bartges
Teachers: Annelise Mayer, Mills
E. Godwin High School, Richmond,
Virginia; and Elizabeth Laursen,
Tuckahoe Middle School, Richmond,
Level: Grades 6–12
understanding of color relationships.
The book’s eye-catching images and
colorful chapters make it particularly
appealing. The color scheme critique
section, along with the author’s
suggestions on how to fix paintings
are extremely helpful.
Annelise Mayer: Color Is
Everything was used as a color
reference for my beginning ceramics
classes, grades nine through twelve.
Students were instructed to create a
ceramic cylinder vase based on the
styles of two different artists. They
were to choose a color scheme based
on a combination of colors picked
from the book. The book’s small size
made it convenient to use, and the
text inspired students to get out their
paints and get to work right away.
Elizabeth Laursen: Color Is
Everything was used with my
sixth- and seventh-grade art classes
as a reference for identifying color
schemes and mixing colors. I also
used the book as inspiration for a
game where students divided into
teams and identified color schemes
used in famous works of art. Color
Is Everything served as a wonderful
tool for students to enhance their