Visual Art Paper 1 ,May/June 2011  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Main
General Comments

Question 2
  1. State five importance of colour to humanity.
  2. Explain the propounding theory behind the discovery of colour.




A good number of candidates were attracted to this question. However, most of their attempts were partial, as most candidates answered the (a) component, neglecting the (b) component. The few that attempted the (b) component could not link colour theory to Sir. Isaac Newton.
The following points were expected to be highlighted by the candidates:

 The importance of colour to humanity
it is used for identification. e.g Corporate (logo), national (flag, emblem).
it aids communication.
it creates emotional feeling.
it is used for decoration.
it gives the real appearance of an object.
it gives pigment its primary identity/characteristics.
it attracts attention.
It is used in sports.
It is used for traffic control.

The discovery of colour
It was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton (2 marks).
In 1660, Isaac Newton discovered that when a beam of white light is passed through a prism and is reflected into a white screen, the light is broken down in the spectrum colours i.e. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet (ROYGBIV).



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