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The Color Wheel

The Color Wheel

Author: Maria Tucker

In this lesson, you will study the construction of the traditional color wheel and recognize different color relationships based on it.

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Terms to Know
  • Color Wheel

    A circular arrangement of hues in the order that they appear in the light color spectrum. The color wheel most commonly referenced has 12 segments and uses the subtractive color model.

  • Johannes Itten

    1920s Swiss painter and teacher who developed color theory as we know it today and wrote "The Art of Color". Itten's twelve-step "color sphere" is still in widespread use as a model for students of color theory.

  • Primary Colors

    The triad of red, blue and yellow on the subtractive color wheel or red, green and blue (RGB) on the additive color wheel.

  • Secondary Colors

    Hues which are the result of mixing two primary colors in equal amounts.

  • Tertiary Colors

    Hues which are the result of mixing two secondary colors in equal amounts.

  • Triad

    The name for three hues positioned on the color wheel in the shape of an equilateral triangle.