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16 Lessons in Color Theory

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Lesson Name Description
Introduction
    • Why Color?
    • Putting Color in the Brain
    • Learning About Color
2
A Wheel of Color
    • A Wheel of Color
    • Ugly Corner in a Cityscape
    • Let's Expand a Bit
    • Moving on to a Pastel World
3
Colors with Pastels
    • Moving to a Pastel World
    • Some Thoughts
4
The History of Color
    • Earliest Use of Color
    • Color in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Far East
    • Color in Ancient Crete
    • Color in Ancient Greece
    • Color in Ancient Rome
    • Color in Early Christianity
    • Color in the Renaissance
    • Color in the 17th and 18th Centuries
    • Color in the Classic Revival Period
    • Color in Impressionism
    • Color in Post-Impressionism
5
Color Perspective
    • Is color perspective important?
    • Distance affects all colors
    • Weather affects all colors
    • Studying color perspective
    • Exercise in color perspective
    • Color perspective in houses/figures
    • Color perspective in foliage
6
Importance of Value in Color
    • Avoid holes and jumping-out colors
    • Light and Shadow
    • Studying Light and Shadow
    • Color and Perception
    • Optical Illusions
    • Exercises in Optical Illusion
7
The Meanings of Color
    • Effects of After-Images
    • Colors and Memory
    • The Meaning of Colors
    • Symbolic Colors
    • What do Colors Stand For?
8
Psychology of Color
    • Phsycological effects in painting
    • How to Judge your Color Selection
    • Characteristic Color Combinations
    • Color in Photography vs. Painting
    • Colors in Painting vs. Colors in a Room
9
Characteristics of Manufactured Colors
    • Brief Survey of Painting Media
    • Pigments we use
    • Opacity and Transparency
10
Use and Selection of Colors
    • The Colors You Need
    • Can You Work with Just Primary Colors?
    • There are Several Reds, Yellows, Blues
    • Recommended Lists of Colors
      • Colors in oil painting
      • Colors in casein, tempera, gouache
      • Colors in watercolor
      • List of transparent watercolors
      • Colors for polymer painting
      • Colors for pastel painting
11
What Your Colors Will Do
    • Reds
    • Orange
    • Yellows
    • Blues
    • Violet
    • Greens
    • Browns
    • Gray
    • Blacks
    • Whites
12
Impastos and Color Mixing
    • Impastos, Gels, Extenders
    • Mixing Colors
      • Why mix colors?
      • Seeing color differences
      • Actual mixing of colors
      • Exercise in color mixing
      • Making colors darker
      • Using black & white properly
13
Color Effects
    • Color Effects
      • Exercise in color effects
      • Harmony and disharmony in colors
      • Exercise in color harmony
      • What's a color scheme?
    • Color effects by natural light
      • Variation in sunlight
      • Shadows cast by the sun
      • Painting daylight streaming through a window
      • Painting sunset colors
      • Painting shiny metal effects
      • Paintnig reflections in water
14
Color Effects (part 2)
    • Color effects by Artificial Light
      • Limitations of articifial light
      • Good features of artificial light
      • Should we paint by artificial light?
      • Painting light by showing its effect
      • Painting a cityscape at night
      • The importance of careful observation
      • Exercise in perceiving color by artificial light
      • Painting indoor subjects by artificial light
      • How to achieve brightness
      • Important and exciting shadows
      • Light can be placed in unusual positions
15
Optical Effects in Color and Design

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Expressing yourself in color

    • Optical Effects in Color and Design
      • Color of glass and water
      • What is Op Art?
      • Importance of Repeat Patterns
      • Optical gadgets and toys
      • Painting motion
    • Expressing yourself in color
      • Is color a medium of self expression?
      • Self expression in art is a new idea
      • Art and psychoanalysis
      • Identify yourself with your art
      • People respond to colors differently
      • Similarities between opposites
      • Testing responses of non-professional painters
      • Expressing hatred and love
      • Expressing sadness and happiness
      • Is self expression in painting honest?
      • Is art a universal language?
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Conclusion
    • Artistic self-expression in the past
    • Glossary of terms