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Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore some of the basic aspects of color and how artists use color as an element of composition.

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This tutorial discusses some basic aspects of color and how artists use color as and element of composition.


Image of Color Wheel, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Color_wheel.svg; Image of Color Wheel,  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BYR_color_wheel.svg; Image of Butcher’s Stall, Pieter Aertsen, Public Domain, http://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Pieter_Aertsen_-_Butcher's_Stall_-_WGA00066.jpg; Image of Hunters in the Snow, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pieter_Bruegel_d._%C3%84._106b.jpg;

  • Color wheel

    The arrangement of prismatic colors on a circle so that complementary colors are across from each other.

  • Primary colors

    Red, yellow, blue.

  • Secondary colors

    Orange, green, purple—the colors made by combining primary colors.

  • Saturation/intensity

    The intensity of a color, dependent on the amount of white added. Lavender is a low-intensity shade of purple.

  • Hue

    The type of color—blue, green, red, are all different hues.

  • Value

    The amount of black added to a color.

  • Hot colors

    Colors in which yellow and red are dominant.

  • Cold colors

    Colors in which blue is dominant.