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Color Theory in Art and Design


Color Theory for Art and Design


  • Color Theory helps us to understand the possibilities of color in art and design and appreciate the different ways that artists use color.
  • Some artists are fascinated by the effects of light; some are interested in the symbolic meaning of color; and some use color to express their emotions. Color theory in art can be summed up under three headings: Color as Light, Color as Symbol and Color as Emotion.
  • A knowledge of Color Terms helps us to express how this visual element it is used in art and design. It gives us the vocabulary to clearly state our feelings about an artwork or design.
  • Try out this Information Graphic which offers good advice on the use of color in graphic design.
  • You can also try our Color Quiz which is both fun and a great way to help you learn about color.