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Colour Theory for Artists and Designers


Colour Theory for Artists and Designers
Colour Theory for Artists and Designers

Improve your knowledge of colour by learning the principles that are most relevant to painters


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Course Description

Graphic designers, artists, photographers and all those involved in the visual arts need an accurate understanding of colour theory. This free online course from ALISON presents aspects of colour and light perception such as hue, lightness and chroma, brightness and saturation, visual perception of colour, mixing paints, and additive and subtractive colour mixing. The comprehensive text is accompanied by interactive graphics that further explain the concepts. This course is ideal for any learner who practices the visual arts, either professionally or as a hobby, and who wants to greatly enhance their knowledge and understanding of colour theory.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will understand the dimension of colour by observing colour relationships, and selecting and mixing colour. You will know the meaning of chroma, saturation, hue, lightness, colorfulness and brightness. You will know the basics of colour vision, adaptation, colour constancy, simultaneous contrast and assimilation.You will learn about colour mixing such as additive and subtractive colour. You will understand the principles of colour that are relevant for painters.


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Module Title
The Dimensions of Colour
Basics of Colour Vision
Basics of Colour Vision - Interactive Graphics
Basics of Light and Shade
Basics of Light and Shade - Interactive Graphics
Additive Colour Mixing
Additive Colour Mixing - Interactive Graphics
Subtractive Colour Mixing
Subtractive Colour Mixing - Interactive Graphics
Colour Mixing with Paints
The Dimension of Hue
Lightness and Chroma
Brightness and Saturation
Principles of Colour
Principles of Colour - Interactive Graphics
Colour Theory Assessment

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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 153 reviews
Course Title: Colour Theory for Artists and Designers
Course #: 338
Course Publisher: David Briggs
Course Category: 1
Content Origin: The course contents are licensed by Creative Commons License
Course Description: Graphic designers, artists, photographers and all those involved in the visual arts need an accurate understanding of colour theory. This free online course from ALISON presents aspects of colour and light perception such as hue, lightness and chroma, brightness and saturation, visual perception of colour, mixing paints, and additive and subtractive colour mixing. The comprehensive text is accompanied by interactive graphics that further explain the concepts. This course is ideal for any learner who practices the visual arts, either professionally or as a hobby, and who wants to greatly enhance their knowledge and understanding of colour theory.
License: Not for download or distribution.
Release Date: 19 September 2011
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Course Duration (Avg Learner): 3-4 Hours
Video/Audio: None
Audio Only: None
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level:
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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    Khim Prach Australia Great lessons and very useful 2015-05-25 11:05:07
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    Karla Flores United States of America It was very informational and helps the student learn the importance of shade, hue, and the concept of the color wheel. 2015-05-02 22:05:55
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    Susan Gibson United States of America Great course and I learned a lot! 2015-04-17 19:04:26
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    Gerald Wesley Julien Haiti In painting, the three primary colors are red, yellow and blue. 2015-03-23 14:03:34
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    Kyra Eliana Bermejo United Kingdom A very informative course - just found it a bit long and too formal. But overall, nice and insightful. 2015-01-11 23:01:15
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    Rebecca Jakubczak United States of America It is a fun course, but I feel it's more geared toward Photoshop. And it did give me a great design idea to work on (colour concept-wise). 2015-01-11 15:01:56
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    Kristina Brendel [[]] Whew! Far more technical than I expected. After one time through, I feel I have a passing knowledge of the material; will repeat the course if more substantial understanding is needed. Thank you. 2014-12-10 21:12:35
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    Jaclyn Kissee United States of America I never went to school for art but know most of the tips. This course helped expand on my previous knowledge and also give me the technical lingo used in the graphic design and art world. 2014-12-08 22:12:50
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    Momna Rafique Pakistan its very interesting 2014-12-08 03:12:53
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    Ruel Sagadal Philippines This is very useful for artist to review and further enhance their vocabulary on Color, this is superb educational and a great reference. 2014-11-30 08:11:13
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