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How Color Works

Color Theory in the Twenty-First Century

Pamela Fraser

Publication Date - January 2018

ISBN: 9780190297220

272 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $64.99

A contemporary introduction to color theory, including practical applications and exercises

Description

Richly illustrated and interactive in its approach, How Color Works: Color Theory in the Twenty-First Century explores the contemporary aesthetics of color. Color and its many meanings are presented in culturally specific terms, encouraging students to appreciate the power that color holds over different societies. The text demonstrates that interest in color is alive and well-even in surprising corners of artistic production-and shows students of all media and all experience levels how to create and use color in a sophisticated fashion.

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Features

  • Emphasizes color in Contemporary art and design
  • Encourages critical thinking about the intellectual history of color
  • Takes an interactive approach to teaching color theory, including an array of practice sections and exercises
  • Covers a wide variety of media including painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and digital applications
  • Includes a wide variety of full-color illustrations and examples

About the Author(s)

Pamela Fraser is Associate Professor of Studio Art at The University of Vermont.

Reviews

"I think this will be a welcome addition to the offerings of color books. Fraser's perspective is unique. Both her background as a recognized painter and her work in teaching will provide a new and needed perspective to color pedagogy." --Derrick Buisch, University of Wisconsin

"Our relationship to color has changed dramatically over the past 25 years, from the ubiquity of RGB color, to the effects that globalization has had color symbolism. This book builds off of classic color theory, but contemporizes it by including artists and works that expand on traditional notions of color, as well as acknowledging and exploring its ever-changing relationship to society." --Sarah Sutton, Ithaca College

"Some of the great advantages of How Color Works are its range and diversity of visual examples and the emphasis on contemporary usage. Its recent examples-contextualized by more familiar historical ones-will prove inspirational for students. This text can be an effective way for many programs to address the creative capacity of color." --Carl Ostendarp, Cornell University

"How Color Works is the book I've been waiting for. It is a well-written, comprehensive review of all of the aspects of color that are needed to develop mastery in the use of color in making art. It deserves to hold the same place in studio curricula in the 21st century that Albers held in the 20th." --Peter Thompson, Coe College

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of Illustrations
    Introduction


    1. Color as Theory
    The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Context for Discovery
    Early Theorists
    Charting Color
    Newton and the Significance of Light
    Color Separation
    The Nineteenth Century
    Goethe and the Subjective Experience of Colors
    Systemizing Color
    The Appearance of Color
    The Influence of Eugène Delacroix's Color Theories
    Breakthroughs in Color Science
    Maxwell's Triangle
    Hering's Opponent Process Theory
    New Interest in Perception
    Modern Color Theory
    The Munsell System
    Color Theory at the Bauhaus
    Josef Albers and Pragmatic Color
    New Processes, Theories, and Systems

    2. Defining Color
    Terminology
    Light
    Surface Characteristics
    Perception
    The Eye
    The Brain
    Mapping Perception
    Color Systems
    Additive Color
    Subtractive Color
    Partitive Color
    Primary Colors
    Secondary and Tertiary Colors
    The Three Attributes of Color
    Hue
    Value
    Saturation
    Tint, Shade, and Tone
    Complementary Colors
    Contrast Effects
    Afterimage
    Other Color Properties
    Optical Weight
    Color Temperature

    3. Sources of Color
    Classification
    Synthetic Color
    Toxicity
    Vehicles and Support
    Dye
    Ink
    Paint
    Glaze
    Colorant Characteristics
    Harnessing Light
    Color Photography
    Color in Film
    Digital Color
    Atmospheric Color

    4. Colors in Combination
    Making Colors
    Direct Mixing
    Indirect Mixing
    Optical Mixture
    Glazing
    Color and Compositional Organization
    Movement
    Depth
    Volume
    Contrast and Harmony
    Types of Contrast
    Types of Harmony

    5. Colors and Ideas
    Is Color a Language?
    Color Traditions
    Color as Figure
    Connotations of Color
    Synesthesia
    Color and Freedom
    Material Color
    Colors at Play
    Black
    White
    Gray
    Green
    Yellow
    Orange
    Red
    Magenta
    Violet
    Blue
    Brown
    Contested Color

    Bibliography
    Glossary
    Index