Color Studies: Complete a series, based off of the worx example

Complete this series of color exercises (6 of the 7 contrasts)

Albers Studies of Iillustion and Transparency – complete 1 homage to a square that illustrates color illusion

series of compositions that evoke emotion (can be postage stamp). note: these may be screenshots you placed in the dropbox.


Creating palettes from nature. Create 5 color palettes for clients, sampling from the photos you took

5. Digital Tools to create Palette Types
Create 5 total, based on client types provided.

6. Color & Branding
Select brand color and extended palette for a client. Keep it simple!


Project 1
Create a working color wheel out of a material of your choosing.
Using what you made, incorporate into an info graphic that consists of the color wheel, and palette types.
Size: 11×17. File format: Printed poster (CMYK), and digital file (RGB, jpg or png).

Project 2: COLOR PROCESS BOOK for course DUE JUNE 28
Compile a PDF of all projects completed in class




In the center of the color wheel are 3 primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue.
Outside of that are 3 secondary colors,  made by mixing the primary colors:
Red + Yellow = Orange
Yellow + Blue = Green
Red + Blue = Purple or Violet

Mixing these secondary colors with primary colors will make your 6 Tertiary Colors: Yellow Orange, Red Orange, Red Violet, Blue Violet, Blue Green, Yellow Green

In-class assignment: create a color wheel that includes primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Select a format from the examples shown in class. Then, add the 2 lighter shades and darker shades as shown in Ittens color star. This will be the color sample you base your personal color wheel project on.


Any color can be lightened by adding white, the same color can be darkened by adding black. In Itten’s Color Star, each of the 12 colors of the wheel is accompanied by two light and two dark colors.

Project 5: Create a color wheel with the 12 hues of Ittens color star. Come up with a conceptual representation that is interesting while maintaining accuracy.

This is a two-week project. Next week your first rough draft is due. You will present your idea and a fully-executed sketch.
View color wheel student examples


create 3 types of color pallettes and implement these in collages that apply Contrast of Proportion.

The palette for each collage must be one of the following types of color combinations (memorize these!)
Monochromatic: Colors that are shade or tint variations of the same hue.
Analogous: Colors located adjacent to each other on a color wheel.
Complementary Colors across from each other on a color wheel.

Not as common, but important to know:
One hue plus two others equally spaced from its complement.
Double-Complementary: Two complementary color sets; the distance between selected complementary pairs will effect the overall contrast of the final composition.
Triad: Three hues equally positioned on a color wheel.

Contrast of Proportion
When colors are juxtaposed, our eyes perceive a visual mix. This mix will differ depending on the proportions of allocated areas.
– The color with the largest proportional area is the dominant color (the ground).
– Smaller areas are subdominant colors.
– Accent colors are those with a small relative area, but offer a contrast because of a variation in hue, intensity, or saturation (the figure).

Create three collages that exhibit contrast of proportion. Use found paper based on the palettes you created in-class. Compositions should be abstract, and incorporate the principles learned last semester.

1) Create palettes for your homework, 3 total.

COLOR PALETTES from the Environment

Take photographs in the following six areas and create palettes directly from these:

1. nature
2. a fast food restaurant
3. your room
4. streets of SF
5. a floral arrangement/flowers
6. a human interaction


The objective of this exercise is to observe and record the endless amount of color combinations in our everyday environments. You can use found paper or gouache.


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