What does Temperature Mean in Artwork?

Temperature and mood are two words that can crop up in art classes, magazines and books but what do these terms mean?  These terms are usually used in relation to the use of colour in artwork.

Temperature

Colours suggest warmth or coolness and this is known as ‘temperature’ which is also used in photography.  Yellows, oranges, reds and pinks are considered ‘warm’, green, blues and violets are considered ‘cool’.  Warm colours feel happy, bright and vibrant, cooler colours can feel moody, still or distant in artwork.

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Best Art Advice I’ve Had From Art Teachers

I recently wrote a post ‘worst advice from art teachers’ so it is only right that I write about the best advice I’ve had as well.  I’ve realised that a lot of the advice I give as a tutor is the same advice that came from my own art teachers.  I’ve had many art teachers during my art education but some of the advice has been invaluable where as some of the advice was forgotten immediately.  Here is the best bits of advice I’ve been given and have found to be true for me:

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