A New Approach for The Teaching of Practical Color Theory
Ng, Woon Lam
Date of Issue2015
The 3rd International Conference on Creative Industry (ICCI 2015)
School of Art, Design and Media
In the traditional teaching for color theory, each pure color (primary or secondary) is assumed to be similar. Therefore the current practical training system like split complementary colors1, triadic colors2 or tetradic colors4 are using this assumption. Each pure color can be placed into practical field just like any other pure color based on this guideline. However, in practical situation, different pure colors occupy different size of practical color space as illustrated by Munsell’s color tree. Munsell color tree is a practical color system that represents the actual application range of color tone and hue. Munsell color system6 has not been comprehensively introduced to the educational training of colors. Its strength has not been maximized especially in the teaching of practical color theory. This research paper uses Munsell color theory as the backbone to develop a more robust training of practical color theory to fulfill the needs of current visual art education. Munsell color system introduces transition tertiary colors directly with a practical objective in mind. Therefore it serves as a good system to allow beginners or painting artists to plan their color rhythm logically without too much effort wasted on trial and error processes.
Practical color theory
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