USING KOLORMONDO FOR EDUCATION

Kolormondo is a unique tool to enhance understanding; it explains the complexity of color while making it simple.

Students are often frustrated when mixing or trying to understand color theory.  But thinking of color as a globe, that has three dimensions, it becomes intuitive and easy. 

The North Pole in the Kolormondo globe represents white, and the South Pole represents black, and the axis that runs between the North Pole and the South Pole going through the center of the earth represents the sequence of grays, or neutral colors that go from the dark to the light.

So there, in the middle, between the dark and the light, are all those neutral colors. They’re running down the center. And then around the equator, outside, at the middle of the globe, is that band of colors that represent the hues, like yellow and green, purple and orange.

If you start looking at it that way, you can see that we can move colors in several directions. Firstly, we can move in either direction around the Equator. A red will gradually become orange and then yellow and eventually green, while if you go the other way the same red would become purple, and blue and also end up in the green. Like that we have gone around the color circle, touching on all the hues. So HUE is the first dimension. 

If instead we move from the red color up toward white, it’s going to get tinted out, it’s going to get lighter and lighter. Going down it gets brown and progressively darker. Going up or down we see the VALUE of the color change. This is the second dimension. 

Lastly, we take the red and move it in towards that center gray color.  It will get progressively less and less bright until it become very muted and almost neutral. That is the third dimension, also called SATURATION.

COLOR EDUCATION

"In my classroom, I often grab my Kolormondo to discuss color in three dimensions, but I especially love how I can quickly take the model apart and put it back together: I can pull out two complementary hue planes, or pull out the “equator” slice to visualize hue-to-hue relationships. This flexibility is what makes the model so incredibly useful."
Peter Donahue, Color theory educator and TikTok's @color.nerd, 440 000 followers

THREE DIMENSIONS OF COLOR WITH KOLORMONDO

Kolormondo is based on cyan-blue, magenta-red and yellow: also called CMY. You can find these 3 colours forming a triangle on the Equator piece. All the other colors are mixtures of these three.  

The idea of seeing color in three dimensions is centuries old, but is only with Kolormondo that you can see, touch and build the world of colors. Students can now explore and experiment colours based on cyan, magenta and yellow, and then actually see colors in relationship to each other. 

Everything you teach about color theory is somehow connected to this three-dimensional model. When a teacher presents a color theory lesson, he/she can relate it to this model. Thus, the students will have a strong foundation for their understanding.  You can look at it as an ABC-book. How would post-graduate students of mediaeval grammar in the Latin language do without basic literacy? It goes without saying that they must first learn to read. Similarly it makes color understanding and color mixing so much easier, when you  use CMY and see the 3D model of Kolormondo.

And Kolormondo is enjoyed by students of all ages. It is being used in kindergartens, as well as in many color theory classes in universities – in fashion, graphic design, product design, art, printing, architecture etc. They often introduce the subject of color by showing the Kolormondo globe. Some universities buy the Kolormondo Mini in stock and hand them out to their students as part of the course material.

ART TEACHER NETWORK, USA

Art of Ed, a major US network of Art Teachers, calls Kolormondo “A revolutionary tool for teaching color”. Here is an extract from their article: Kolormondo is a hands-on way to visualize color–it displays and organizes hue, saturation, and brightness all at the same time. Putting it together piece-by-piece helps show the ways in which colors interact with one another. The design is incredibly intuitive, both complex and simple at the same time. My kids put it together in less than 5 minutes when I let them take a look; it took my father-in-law closer to 10, but that’s because he was endlessly fascinated by the design. It works great for my classroom full of high schoolers, my primary-age kids love it at home, and even my friends are enthralled by it when they stop by the house. 
Art of Ed, USA

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