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Transcript of Color Theory
Piet Mondrian. Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1943.
Color wheels show us how colors are related.
They remind artists how to mix and think about colors.
You will learn about different color families and how they're used in artworks.
The Color Wheel
Warm colors are the color of the sun, fire, heat, and warm temperatures.
Secondary colors are made when you mix two of the primary colors together.
The primary colors are
Intermediate colors are made when you mix a primary and secondary color together.
The Color Wheel
The primary colors are important because you can mix them together to make most other colors.
Primary Colors in Art
Roy Lichtenstein. Crying Girl, 1964.
Henri Matisse. Madame Matisse, 1905.
Joan Miro. Ciurana, the Path, 1917.
You name intermediate colors by combining the primary and secondary color names, starting with the primary color.
If you divide the color wheel in half, starting with red-violet and ending with yellow-green, you will find the warm colors.
Can you guess our next color family?
Secondary Colors in Art
Warm Colors in Art
Paul Klee. Senecio, 1922.
Georgia O'Keefe. Red Canna, 1924.
Cool colors are the color of ice and snow.
Cool colors are on the opposite side of the warm colors on the color wheel.
Cool Colors in Art
Claude Monet. Water Lilies, 1906.
Vincent van Gogh. Starry Night, 1889.
Complementary colors are colors that are directly opposite on the color wheel.
What other complementary color combinations can you find?
Complementary Colors in Art
Francis Bacon. Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, 1944.
Analogous colors are 3 to 5 colors next to each other on the color wheel.
Analogous Colors in Art
Jean-Honore Fragonard. The Swing, 1767.
Mark Rothko. Untitled.
Monochromatic colors are one color and its lights and darks.
Monochromatic Colors in Art
Mark Tansey. Doubting Thomas, 1985.