Author: Erin Aldana

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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Notes on "Color"Citations

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  • 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.