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Color Theory. What is color?. The quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object. To see color, you have to have light.

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What is color
What is color?

  • The quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object.

  • To see color, you have to have light.

  • When light shines on an object some colors bounce off the object and others are absorbed by it. Our eyes only see the colors that are bounced off or reflected.


  • The sun’s rays contain all the colors of the rainbow mixed together. This mixture is known as white light.

  • When white light strikes a white crayon or marker barrel, it appears white to us because it absorbs no color and reflects all color equally.

  • A black crayon or marker cap absorbs all colors equally and reflects none, so it looks black to us.

  • While artists consider black a color, scientists do not because black is the absence of all color.



Types of colors we will go over
Types of Colors we will go over: the spectrum are present in white light.

  • The Color Wheel:

    • Primary

    • Secondary

  • Complementary Color Sets


Primary colors
Primary Colors the spectrum are present in white light.

  • Colors you cannot make.

  • These are the colors you mix together to make all of the other colors of the color wheel.

  • They are PURE colors.


Examples of primary colors in art
Examples of primary colors in art the spectrum are present in white light.


Secondary colors
Secondary Colors the spectrum are present in white light.

  • These are the colors you get when you mix the primary colors together in equal parts.

  • ORANGE

  • GREEN

  • PURPLE


Examples of secondary colors in art
Examples of secondary colors in art the spectrum are present in white light.


Complementary color sets
Complementary Color Sets the spectrum are present in white light.

  • They are sets of colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.

  • Since they are opposite each other on the wheel they create CONTRAST with each other.

  • RED + GREEN

  • BLUE + ORANGE

  • YELLOW + PURPLE


Example of complementary colors in art
Example of Complementary Colors in art the spectrum are present in white light.


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