Friday, July 02, 2010

Teaching Color, 1st and 3rd grade

I want to applaud the teachers now teaching the RCW color system.

The Real Color Wheel site is now getting between 2-3 million hits per month. (each image viewed on the site is one hit).

Last month I taught some 3rd graders how to mix all colors with just the three RCW transparent primaries. 

In 2000 I taught a class of first graders, same colors, but today I make my own primary water colors that match the inks in my giclee printer that prints my Real Color Wheel.

It's not hard to learn and once you know you'll be a better artist.
I think the 4th and 5th grades should understand correct color triads, complements, split-complements and oppositions.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Review of Real Color Wheel System

Pen Name- Qetesh
March 10, 2007

Don Jusko Lahaina Giclee
1057 Makawao Ave.
Makawao - Maui
Hawaii 96768

Subject: Review of Real Color Wheel System
Dear Mr. Jusko:
I was delighted to receive your Real Color Wheel system for review.
Below is a copy of my review for your perusal. Upon approval this will be submitted this week
to TCM reviews for publication.

Freelance Writer/ Reviewer

Reviewer’s Name : Qetesh
Email Address: On File
Title of Publication: Real Color Wheel
Author: Don Jusko
Copyright- Don Jusko
Genre: Art

Artist Don Jusko has devised a new color system that will revolutionize the way artists view and use color. His system uses 36 hues that have been derived from a keen observation of nature and how the elements in crystalline structures combine to create neutral darks. This system is unique because it does not rely on black pigment to mix shadow colors, which often results in poor mixes, muddied color blends and dull lifeless tones.
He has a full training course for the New Color Wheel online at
You will not only learn about his color system. He has step-by-step painting instruction and tips that illustrate his proven system in action. Whether you are a photographer, digital artist, novice painter or seasoned professional, you will find something of value to enhance your work. Detailed color analysis, paint formulas used by the old masters, and aerial perspective color analysis are just a few of the many items that he provides that are invaluable to the serious artist. The beauty of this system is that it produces vibrant, correct color mixes and it is simple to learn and teach. You will not be left alone as you learn. He hosts a forum for anyone using his system where you can ask questions, gain further help and guidance as well as post your own experiences. For a meager fee you can purchase a laminated copy of his color wheel and a CD of his entire course to have on hand as valuable reference tool. This is a groundbreaking achievement for color theory that will change the way artists view and mix color.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Art Teachers, you're teaching color wrong.

Red, Yellow and Blue are not the pigment primary colors. Stop teaching that they are.

Our children deserve better, those colors do not mix complements as dark neutrals. They make mud. Every school child can tell you that. The Title is a link that will explain it all to you.

If you are an artist you can use my Real Color Wheel.

Here is a link to that color wheel that places all the pigments that you or I need to paint anything in front of us. Every color on this color wheel has an opposit color that will mix with it to make a neutral black and the correct shadow color to any objects local color.

These two images are examples of what can be painted with only three colors.

These same three colors are available dry for fresco, and tubed for oil, watercolor, and acrylic (if you make your own). As of the past 4 years.

Real Color Wheel Chip Chart

Painting on Location w/3 Primary Colors

This copal oil painting was painted with only 3 color pigments plus titanium white.

The oil best oil color brands for these colors and Pigment Color Index Numbers are:
Old Holland, Indian Yellow Orange-side - PY153, Tartrazine Clear Transparent - PY100
D.S., W.N., O.H., Quinacridone Magenta - PR122
Grumbacher, Thalo Blue, Cyan - PB15.3

These pigment color numbers are the same in all media, all brands, look for them on the tube.

This Egg Tempera painting uses the same 3 pigments only.

This Maroger's Black oil also uses the same three primaries.

This Buon Fresco is also in 3 pigments only giving a full spectrum painting. These pigments are very permenant and lime safe.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Using Primary Colors in Lime Buon Fresco

This is a 75 square foot buon fresco done in Mexico, New York. Only the 3 transparent primary colors were used. The Real Color Wheel uses the true primaries and every color opposition mixes the neutral dark. This is not true with the Red-Yellow-Blue color theory. The RCW matches the element's crystal color as it gets darker.