Color Theory Week: The Color Wheel

Objective:

Demonstrate a deeper understanding of Color Theory and Color Harmonies by creating a Color Wheel in Illustrator.

Student-Friendly Learning Target:

I can use the shapes and color tools in Illustrator to produce a Color Wheel.

Online Lesson Link:

The Color Wheel

Topics Discussed:

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

Instructions:

Use your knowledge of the Color Wheel and Color Harmonies to produce a color wheel in Illustrator demonstrating the key Color Harmonies discussed in class.

  1. View the online tutorial: The Color Wheel.
  2. Keep the tutorial open in your browser, and open the Illustrator document we have been working with this week. Follow the steps in the tutorial on the second artboard (upper right).
  3. Using the Shape tool, draw a square at the top of your document. Fill this square with RGB Red from the Swatches Panel.
  4. Consider the square you have just drawn as the 12 O’clock on a clock face. Continue drawing squares at 1 O’clock, 2 O’clock, 3 O’clock, all the way around to 11 O’clock. You should now have twelve squares arranged in a circular formation.
  5. Fill the squares with color in the following manner:
    1. 1 O’clock: Red-Orange
    2. 2 O’clock: Orange
    3. 3 O’clock: Yellow-Orange
    4. 4 O’clock: RGB Yellow
    5. 5 O’clock: Yellow-Green
    6. 6 O’clock: RGB Green
    7. 7 O’clock: Blue-Green
    8. 8 O’clock: RGB Blue
    9. 9 O’clock: Blue-Violet
    10. 10 O’clock: Violet
    11. 11 O’clock: Red-Violet
  6. When you have filled all the squares, use the Line Tool to draw a straight line from the Red square at 12 O’clock to the Green square at 6 O’clock, and use the Text tool to label this “Complementary”.
  7. Next, use the Shape Tool to draw a triangle that represents the Primary Triad (the points of the triangle should touch Red, Yellow and Blue). Label this the “Primary Triad” with the Text Tool.
  8. Continue drawing triangles and using labels to identify the Secondary Triad and a Split Complementary color harmony. Make sure your triangles are not filled so they do not cover each other, and make each triangle’s stroke a different color.
  9. Finally, use the Pen Tool to draw an arc over the four colors in the upper left quadrant (Red, Red-Orange, Orange, Yellow-Orange), and use lines to point to these four colors. Label this arc “Analogous”.
  10. You now have a Color Wheel with several key color harmonies identified. Save your document, and we will continue working with the last two artboards this week.

Assigned: February 13th, 2019
Teacher Pacing Due Date: February 15th, 2019

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.

Objective:

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.

Links:

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

Instructions:

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

Sensational Color – Color Theory: http://www.sensationalcolor.com/category/understanding-color/theory

Sensational Color – Getting to Know the Color Wheel: http://www.sensationalcolor.com/understanding-color/color-theory/know-color-wheel-806#.Uup6bPZgMQU

Sensational Color – Color Harmonies: http://www.sensationalcolor.com/understanding-color/theory/color-relationships-creating-color-harmony-1849

Sensational Color – Color Relationships: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Hues: http://www.sensationalcolor.com/understanding-color/theory/color-relationships-primary-secondary-tertiary-hues-1842#.WJirBvkrKUk

Sensational Color – Color Temperature: http://www.sensationalcolor.com/understanding-color/color-theory/color-temperature-warm-cool-relative-815#.Uup7XvZgMQU

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

It’s super effective!