lesson 6: color

Our sixth assignment will be exploration of color, creating a unique creative color wheel, and then experimenting with the science of color theory using tempera paint.


Color pertains to the use of hue in artwork and design. Defined as primary colors (red, yellow, blue) which cannot be mixed in pigment from other hues, secondary colors (green, orange, violet) which are directly mixed from combinations of primary colors. Further combinations of primary and secondary colors create tertiary (and more) hues. Tint and Shade are references to adding variations in Value; other tertiary colors are derived by mixing either a primary or secondary color with a neutral color. e.g. Red + White = Pink. Color is the quality of an object or substance with respect to the one reflected by it, and usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation and brightness of the reflected light. in simple form, when light strikes an object with colour, then, the colour reflects back to your eye. more light means a higher intensity level of the colour. The value and hue vary when light darkens or brightens.