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Intro to Color Theory - Middle School
Transcript of Intro to Color Theory - Middle School
The Color Wheel
The color wheel was invented when Sir Isaac Newton bent the color spectrum into a circle in 1666. He did this when he was 23 years old, and essentially "grounded" in his room (not because he misbehaved, but to keep himself safe from the plague).
are a plan for organizing color.
We still use the color wheel today as a tool for understanding color relationships and to help us create harmonious color schemes.
Primary & Secondary Colors
Tertiary / Intermediate Colors
primary + primary = secondary
primary + secondary = tertiary
of the same color
a color + white
a color + grey
a color + black
a color + its complement
You can think of neutral colors as "earth tones." They include: black, grey, white, and brown.
colors directly across from each other on the color wheel.
red & green
3 colors directly next to each other on the color wheel.
blue-green, green & yellow-green
Do you see an analogous color scheme here?
red-violet, violet & blue-violet
uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.
green, orange & violet
a color + the 2 colors on either side of its complement.
The Psychology of Color
Color is a powerful communication tool that can be used to signal action, influence mood, and cause psychological reactions.
Our feelings about color are often deeply personal and rooted in our own experiences or cultures. For example, while the color white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries.
While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning.
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are colors made by mixing a primary with a secondary.
red-orange, yellow- green
We say the primary color first
COLOR IS A POWERFUL WAY TO CONVEY
IDEAS, MESSAGES, AND EMOTIONS
Learning Target: I can create a color wheel and identify different color schemes using the primary colors, black and white to mix all other colors
so that I can develop the craft, skills, and knowledge of art necessary to create quality art and design