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Color Theory & Symbolism in Art & Design. Color What the eye sees when light is reflected off of an object LIGHT – Subtractive WHITE = ALL COLORS PRESENT.

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1 Color Theory & Symbolism in Art & Design

2 Color What the eye sees when light is reflected off of an object LIGHT – Subtractive WHITE = ALL COLORS PRESENT BLACK = NO COLOR PRESENT PAINTS – Additive WHITE = No Color BLACK = ALL COLORS

3 HUE Any colors name. Hue is the quality that differentiates colors from one another. RED BLUE YELLOW ORANGE GREEN VIOLET

4 COLOR WHEEL Visual representation of the primary, secondary and intermediate colors.

5 Primary Colors RED BLUE YELLOW Primary colors CANNOT by mixing any other colors – but by mixing the primary colors together in different amounts, you can make every other color. You cannot MAKE the primary colors, but you can make everything FROM them.

6 Secondary Colors Orange Violet Green Secondary colors are made by mixing equal parts of 2 primary colors together. They lie in-between primary colors on the color wheel.

7 Intermediate Colors Yellow-Orange Red-Orange Red-Violet Blue-Violet Blue-Green Yellow-Green Intermediate colors are created by mixing secondary colors together – they go in-between secondary and primary colors on the color wheel.

8 VALUE SHADES - When a color has BLACK added to it - Darker - Low Value TINTS - When a color has WHITE added to it - Lighter - High Value

9 CHROMA Level of SATURATION in a color Saturation is the INTENSITY of a color TONE – Made by adding GRAY to a color HIGH CHROMA (Pure Hue – Very Intense Color) LOW CHROMA (Gray added, Duller Intensity)

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12 Color Scheme A Planned Combination of Colors Color schemes are harmonious color combinations. Traditionally, there are 6 different kinds of color schemes: - Monochromatic- Analagous - Complimentary- Split-Complimentary - Triad- Tetrad

13 Complimentary Colors Red & Green Blue & Orange Yellow & Violet Complimentary colors lie directly ACROSS from each other on the color wheel. Complimentary colors really do compliment each other – placing complimentary colors next to each other helps to make areas of emphasis and make things “pop.”

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15 Monochromatic Using ONE HUE in varying tints, tones & shades Life, Pablo Picasso, 1903 Part of his Blue Period where he painted everything in tints, tones & shades of blue

16 Warm Colors POP COOL COLORS RECEDE BACKWARDS Yellows, Oranges, Reds Red-Violets Greens Blues Blue-Violets You can use all warm colors or all cool colors as a color scheme

17 Analagous Colors Red through Yellow Yellow through Blue- Green Red through Blue-Violet Red-Violet through Blue-Green Any 3-5 colors that are next to each other on the color wheel

18 Split Complimentary Red, Blue- Green and Yellow-Green Blue, Red- Orange and Yellow-Orange Yellow, Red- Violet and Blue- Violet Etc…..

19 Triad Any 3 colors that form a triangle on the color wheel Ex. Primary Colors: Red, Yellow & Blue OR Secondary Colors: Violet, Green & Orange

20 Tetrad Any 4 colors that form a triangle on the color wheel Ex. Red- Violet, Red- Orange, Blue-Green & Yellow-Green

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22 Colors can also symbolize emotions or behaviors: Red – anger, wrath, lust, passion Green – envy Purple – royalty, decadence Yellow – coward Pink – love Blue – sadness, tranquility, peace

23 Good vs. Evil Abstitence Chastity Temperance Diligence Patience Kindness Humility Truthfulness Pursuit of Knowledge Honesty Integrity Lust Wrath Gluttony Greed Sloth Pride Wrath Betrayal Decadence / Excess

24 You can use color as way to create EMPHASIS OR You can use color to convey an emotion / behavior

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31 The Old Guitarist, Pablo Picasso, 1903

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34 You can use color as way to create EMPHASIS OR You can use color to convey an emotion / behavior

35 Anger / Wrath

36 Sadness / Longing / Betrayal

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38 Sadness

39 Assignment: Create a short series of photographs which have specific color choices to produce desired results. Example 1: using a warm, highly saturated colored object to be emphasized to the viewer. Example 2: Create a specific mood - like blue tones or dull tones (low saturation) for sadness Example 3: compose a photograph that has a specific olor scheme (cool colors, warm colors, complimentary colors, etc.) 30 Photographs, Due Tuesday December 15th.


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