Working with Color Theory: Assignment 1

“In the visual arts, color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of specific color combination. There are also definitions (or categories) of colors based on the color wheel: primary color, secondary color and tertiary color.


Color theory was originally formulated in terms of three “primary” or “primitive” colors—red, yellow and blue (RYB)—because these colors were believed capable of mixing all other colors.  “Secondary” colors  are made by mixing two “primary” colors together. By doing this, one can create Green, Orange, Purple.  “Tertiary” Colors are created by adding two adjacent “primary” and “secondary” colors together. Yellow and Green for example create the “tertiary” color “Yellow-Green.”

The colors of an image can change how an image is perceived. As an artist, digital or traditional, it is important to understand how you can manipulate color to achieve certain goals. The colors you choose can affect the mood of the image, the perceived symbolism or meaning, and even affect what areas the viewers eye is drawn to. There are whole websites (ex: ColorMatters) just for color theory, and even college classes (Montgomery College, .

Your first assignment for color theory is to create a digital collage using analogous color schemes. An analogous color scheme is where all the colors used are similar. An analogous color scheme could be any set of similar colors, such as blue, purple, and red.

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There are two special sets of analogous colors I want you to use; Warm & Cool.

Analogous Color Scheme: Warm Colors


Analogous Color Scheme: Cool Colors


Create two digital collages limiting your palette to only these two color schemes. You can tweak images you find to fit within these color schemes if you choose. Not sure how to create a digital collage? Google it.

In your post, describe your thoughts on Cool vs Warm and why you might limit your palette to only cool colors or only warm colors.


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