Color Theory. What is color?. Different wavelengths of reflected light!. Name the colors of the rainbow!. R O Y G B I V. How do we organize these colors?. On a COLOR WHEEL. Primary Colors. 3 colors that you cannot make by mixing another color Red Yellow Blue. Secondary Colors.
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What is color? • Different wavelengths of reflected light!
Name the colors of the rainbow! • R • O • Y • G • B • I • V
How do we organize these colors? On a COLOR WHEEL
Primary Colors • 3 colors that you cannot make by mixing another color • Red • Yellow • Blue
Secondary Colors • Primary + Primary = Secondary • Colors made by mixing one primary color with another • Red + blue = purple • Red + yellow = orange • Blue + yellow = green
Tertiary Colors • Primary + Secondary = Tertiary • Mixing one primary color with a secondary color that is next to it on the color wheel • They are named by the colors which are used to mix them… • Red-violet, red-orange • Yellow-green, yellow-orange • Blue-green, blue-violet • Primary color – Secondary Color
Warm Colors • Warm colors are: • Red, yellow, orange • They make you think of… • Warmth, fire, heat, etc • Warm colors “pop” or seem to come towards you
Cool Colors • Cool Colors are: • Blue, green, purple • You think of: • Water, ice, snow • Cool colors seem to recede or move to the back of an artwork
Monochromatic • Monochromatic = the use of only one color + black and white in an artwork • Example: Using all different light greens and dark greens in a picture…
Achromatic • Achromatic = using only black and white to create artwork, also called “greyscale”
Complimentary Colors • Colors that are directly across the color wheel from each other are “complimentary” • They look bold and bright next to each other
Triadic Colors • 3 colors that are equidistant on the color wheel • Fancy way of saying that they make a triangle on the color wheel
Analogous Colors • Colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel