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  • 1. Color The Elements of Art TheVirtualInstructor.com
  • 2. In terms of art, color refers to reflected light. TheVirtualInstructor.com
  • 3. Color Theory consists of three distinct parts. The Color Wheel TheVirtualInstructor.com Color Values Color Schemes
  • 4. Part One - The Color Wheel TheVirtualInstructor.com
  • 5. TheVirtualInstructor.com The Color Wheel is the color spectrum bent into a circle.
  • 6. TheVirtualInstructor.com Specific colors on the color wheel have specific designations.
  • 7. TheVirtualInstructor.com Red, yellow, and blue are primary colors. These colors are called primary because they are used to mix all of the other colors in existence.
  • 8. TheVirtualInstructor.com Red, yellow, and blue are formed by pigment and cannot be made by mixing any colors together.
  • 9. TheVirtualInstructor.com Secondary colors are colors that are created by mixing equal parts of two primary colors. These colors are orange, green, and violet (purple).
  • 10. TheVirtualInstructor.com Tertiary or intermediate colors are created by mixing equal parts of a secondary color with a primary color.
  • 11. TheVirtualInstructor.com These colors are red-orange, yellow-orange, redviolet, blue-violet, blue-green, and yellow-green. Tertiary colors are named according to the colors that are used to mix them, listing the primary color first.
  • 12. Part Two - Color Values TheVirtualInstructor.com
  • 13. TheVirtualInstructor.com Color value refers to the darkness or lightness of a color.
  • 14. TheVirtualInstructor.com When neutral colors are mixed with colors on the color wheel, the value and/or intensity of the color is affected.
  • 15. TheVirtualInstructor.com Tints are lighter values of color and are created by adding white to a color. Text
  • 16. TheVirtualInstructor.com Shades are darker values of color and are created by adding black to a color.
  • 17. TheVirtualInstructor.com Each color (hue), when mixed with white or black can produce a full range of value.
  • 18. TheVirtualInstructor.com Intensity, although related to value is slightly different. Color intensity is adjusted by adding grays to the hue.
  • 19. Part Three - Color Schemes TheVirtualInstructor.com
  • 20. Color schemes are systematic ways that colors are put together in artworks according to their arrangement on the color wheel. Knowledge of arrangements of colors or schemes can help an artist make informed decisions about color in their own artworks. TheVirtualInstructor.com
  • 21. TheVirtualInstructor.com Monochromatic schemes consist of just one color and the tints and shades (values) of that color.
  • 22. TheVirtualInstructor.com “Mono” means one and “chroma” refers to color. Monochromatic literally means “one color”.
  • 23. TheVirtualInstructor.com Colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel are complementary. Complementary colors provide high contrast.
  • 24. TheVirtualInstructor.com Analogous color schemes consist of 3-5 colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Analogous schemes provide harmonious color arrangements in drawings and paintings.
  • 25. TheVirtualInstructor.com A color triad consists of three colors that are equal in distance from each other on the color wheel. Color triads provide a high level of contrast using three colors.
  • 26. TheVirtualInstructor.com A color tetrad consists of four colors that are equal in distance from each other. A color tetrad is created by using two sets of complementary colors.
  • 27. TheVirtualInstructor.com Split complementary color schemes consist of a color and that color’s closest analogous colors. Split complementary schemes provide high contrast while allowing more variety than a complementary color scheme.
  • 28. TheVirtualInstructor.com Color also has temperature. Cool colors are colors that we typically associate with things that are cold.
  • 29. Warm colors are colors that we associate with things that are warm or hot. TheVirtualInstructor.com