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Ch 2: Color Theory

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You have the chance to use the lessons in this chapter to learn more about color theory. If you need to earn continuing education credit or college credit, this chapter can help you achieve that goal.

Color Theory - Chapter Summary

Discover more about color theory and its history through the lessons in this chapter. You can learn about how colors affect emotions and different color theories. All of the lessons are mobile friendly, so you can access them in the comfort of your home or on the go via your mobile device. By the time you finish reviewing these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Explain the history and basics of color theory
  • Understand how emotions relate to colors
  • Explore components of the color theories of Wassily Kandinsky, Albert Munsell and Josef Albers
  • List elements of the Bauhaus color theory
  • Describe Young-Helmholtz's trichromatic theory
  • Discover Goethe's color theory
  • Outline the theories of additive and subtractive color
  • Identify the opponent process theory of color

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Color Theory
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What is Color Theory? - Definition, Basics & Examples

1. What is Color Theory? - Definition, Basics & Examples

Explore the use of color theory in art and design, a set of principles to create harmonious color combinations. Discover the structure of color theory, including the color wheel, color harmonies, and the use of colors in context.

History of Color Theory

2. History of Color Theory

Explore the history of color theory, a set of principles that govern the harmonious use of color in a composition. Discover the early works of color theories, additive and subtractive color theory, and key terms for understanding color theory.

Color Theory & Emotions

3. Color Theory & Emotions

In some veins of psychology, color theory and emotion are interconnected. Artists and scientists alike argue that one's mood or emotional state can be influenced by color. In this lesson, we will examine color theory and how colors can affect one's emotions.

Wassily Kandinsky's Color Theory

4. Wassily Kandinsky's Color Theory

Wassily Kandinsky was an artist who developed color theory, describing the relationship between colors and emotion. Follow a brief biography of Kandinsky's life, death, and lasting influence on art.

Albert Munsell's Color Theory

5. Albert Munsell's Color Theory

Most everything we know about colors and how we use them comes from Albert Munsell's color theory. In this lesson, we will cover a brief history of Albert Munsell as well the three main components of his theory: hue, value, and chroma.

Bauhaus Color Theory

6. Bauhaus Color Theory

Have you ever thought about color? How one color relates to another and how some seem to go together while others clash? Teachers at the Bauhaus did. In this lesson, we'll explore the color theory of the Bauhaus.

Josef Albers: Color Theory, Artwork & Quotes

7. Josef Albers: Color Theory, Artwork & Quotes

Do you have a favorite color? Have you ever thought about color? Josef Albers did. In this lesson, explore the artwork and color theory of artist and teacher Joseph Albers.

Young-Helmholtz's Trichromatic Theory of Color Vision

8. Young-Helmholtz's Trichromatic Theory of Color Vision

The Young-Helmholtz trichromatic theory asserts that eye cells receive only three colors of light: blue, green, and red, combining them to form all visible colors. Explore the work of Thomas Young and Hermann von Helmholtz to see how they developed this famous theory.

Goethe's Color Theory

9. Goethe's Color Theory

When we see color, is it only a matter of light reflecting on a surface? Or is there more involved? German writer Johann Goethe thought a lot about it. In this lesson, explore the basics of Goethe's color theory.

Additive Color: Theory & Definition

10. Additive Color: Theory & Definition

Discover color additive theory, its properties, and origins. Explore why red, green, and blue are primary colors in this theory instead of red, yellow, and blue. Finally, learn key terms in the theory, including hue, brightness, and saturation.

Subtractive Color: Theory, Definition & System

11. Subtractive Color: Theory, Definition & System

Understanding how we perceive color is an important part of being an artist. In this lesson, we'll explore the theory of subtractive color and see how this impacts the colors we see.

Opponent Process Theory of Color Vision

12. Opponent Process Theory of Color Vision

The opponent-process theory attempts to explain how the human eye sees colors. Explore color vision theories, including the opponent-process theory and the trichromatic theory, and gain some hands-on learning with an experiment.

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