Color Theory Week: Color Vocabulary

Welcome to our Color Theory unit!
For the next couple of weeks, we are going to explore the many ways that Illustrator allows you to enhance your artwork with color. We are also going to explore color theory and the different meanings colors have for different groups. With this knowledge, you will be able to more effectively communicate your desired message to everyone who looks at your artwork.


Use web resources to identify and explain the concepts of Color Theory and Color Harmonies.

Student-Friendly Learning Target:

I can use the Internet as a resource to discover the meanings of color theory vocabulary terms.


Sensational Color: Color Theory

Sensational Color: Getting to Know the Color Wheel

Sensational Color: Color Harmonies

Sensational Color: Color Relationships: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Hues

Sensational Color: Color Temperature

Topics Discussed:

  • Color Theory
  • Color Harmonies
  • Color Wheel
  • Primary Colors
  • Secondary Colors
  • Tertiary Colors
  • Triad
  • Complementary
  • Split Complementary
  • Analogous
  • Monochromatic
  • Shade
  • Tint
  • Swatches Panel


Use the websites below to read about and define the following Color Theory terms:

Sensational Color – Color Theory:

Sensational Color – Getting to Know the Color Wheel:

Sensational Color – Color Harmonies:

Sensational Color – Color Relationships: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Hues:

Sensational Color – Color Temperature:

After you have visited the websites, create a new Illustrator Web document with four default-sized artboards, on the first (upper left) artboard, use a headline and a subhead (large font, then smaller font) to write the following vocabulary words along with their definitions:

  1. Color Harmony
  2. Hue
  3. Primary Colors (Hues)
  4. Secondary Colors (Hues)
  5. Tertiary Colors (Hues)
  6. Warm Colors
  7. Cool Colors
  8. Triad
  9. Primary Triad
  10. Secondary Triad
  11. Tetrad
  12. Complementary
  13. Split Complementary
  14. Analogous
  15. Monochromatic
  16. Tint
  17. Tone
  18. Shade

When you have found and written all your definitions, save your document. We will continue to work with this document tomorrow.

Assigned: February 11th, 2019
Due Date: February 15th, 2019