Ch 2: Color Theory

About This Chapter

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
What is Color Theory? - Definition, Basics & Examples

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

There's a reason why some colors and color combinations are more pleasing to us than others. In this video, we'll focus on the basics of color theory while exploring a real-life example.

History of Color Theory

2. History of Color Theory

Color theory refers to the visual impact of color and the way colors mix. Color theory can be very complicated, but we will break it down into easier to understand portions and discover how color theory has developed over many years.

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

Many artists have been able to take Isaac Newton's ideas on the color wheel and expand upon them. One of those artists was Wassily Kandinsky, whose color theory explored the harmonies of color combinations.

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

How do we see color? It's a complex topic and this lesson will look at the foundational theory of Young and Helmholtz and see how this theory was developed.

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

Color additive theory is important in the art, design, and digital industries because it teaches us about color perception and formation. In this lesson, we will learn the definition and scope of color additive theory.

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 fact that we can perceive colors is pretty amazing. In this lesson, we are going to explore one of the main models explaining how color is understood by the brain and perform a brief experiment to test it.

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