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Color Theory Lesson

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rebecca buglio

on 28 March 2013

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Transcript of Color Theory Lesson

Color Theory Why learn about color? Colors are everywhere!
We make decisions regarding color every time we choose what to wear in the morning or even when we decorate a locker, room, or notebook.
Knowing about color theory helps us understand why we make those decisions.
The more we no about color the more aware can be of it in our every day surroundings. What colors do you see? Our eyes blend colors together to create a whole image and in the process we often miss all the different individual colors that are present. Sketchbook Notes Please turn to the back page of your color wheel page in your sketchbook and write the following: Date: Color Theory Notes Why do we need color?

Primary Colors:

Secondary Colors:

Tertiary Colors:

Neutral Colors: Define each of these and give an example after each of your definitions. Cool Colors:

Warm Colors: Give examples of each. Monochromatic:


Split Complementary:


Analogous: Emotion: Pick three colors and name an emotion you associate each Example: Red- anger, love Color Types Primary:
Red, Yellow, Blue
The pure colors on the wheel that cannot be made
They help make all other colors on the wheel Secondary:
Orange, Green, Violet
These colors are made from combining two primary colors together.
Secondary refers to the Second mixture: Tertiary/Intermediate:
Yellow-Orange, Red-Orange, Blue-Green, Green-Yellow, Red-Violet, Blue-Violet
Third round of mixing
These colors are made from the combination of a secondary color and a primary color.
Some Examples:
Green+Blue=Blue-Violet Primary
Tertiary/Intermediate Color Relationships How do we know which colors look good together? In your egg cartons you will find: Red, Yellow, and Blue
Each person is to paint the primary colors FIRST before mixing paint.

Pick three people at the table to mix the secondary colors with the q-tips provided. This is orange, green, and violet. Paint these three colors on your wheels before mixing anything else!

Create the six tertiary/intermediate colors at this time mixing the primary colors with secondary colors as stated on the color wheel with q-tips.

If your table finishes this try mixing two secondary colors together or two tertiary/intermediate colors together and putting a small circle outside of your color wheel somewhere. Were you able to get brown? Mixing Rules Emotion of Color So what? what do all these images have in common? (insert ads, materials, etc that show color play) knowing which colors go together and how to get all the different colors is something graphic designers and marketing artists need to know how to do in order to make a product successful
the use of different colors on ads is meant to capture your attention and give an emotion to you
they don't just pick them at random! Am I cold or warm? Monochromatic
Analogous Cool
Red-Violet to Green
These colors give off a cool tone
Often associate these colors with winter
Yellow-Green to Red
These colors give off a warm tone
Often associated with summer Saturation
Tint These colors are not found on the color wheel.
White Group Work Neutrals How do we know which colors to mix with each other to get this effect? Monochromatic Recall: The grey scale paintings you all did! That was a monochromatic color
Color that is made up
of different hues and tints.
Only one color is used with
the addition of black
and white Complementary These colors are found opposite of each other on the color wheel
They are high contrast colors that make each other stand out
Red and Green
Purple and Yellow
Blue and Orange Triad These colors form a triangle
on the wheel
We learned about one
triad yesterday.
The primary colors Split These colors can be found across from each other on the wheel but require three colors
Simply pick a color, find the compliment, and mark the two on either side of that color.
This will give the same effect as the compliment color and help make the colors pop! Analogous Colors found side by side on the color wheel. Words to know: Purity of a hue Brightness of a hue Amount of light in a hue Adding black to the color Adding white to the color Activity Vocab Puzzle Match the strips of paper up with the correct pattern to form a paragraph on Color Theory! Write it in your notes when done.
Hint: There are 10 steps!
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