Color Schemes

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Color Schemes
Color
Schemes
Monochromatic
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“Mono” means “one”
“Chroma” means “color”
Monochromatic color schemes have only
ONE color and its values.
The painting is an example
of a monochromatic color
scheme using tints and
shades of blue
Monochromatic
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This room displays
the use of yellows
Monochromatic
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This room displays the use of blues.
Analogous
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The analogous color
scheme is 3-5 colors
adjacent to each other
on the color wheel.
This combination of
colors provides very
little contrast.
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This picture shows the
use of yellow, yellowgreen, green, and bluegreen.
Analogous
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Bottom picture shows use of
yellows and greens.
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Above picture shows use of
reds and oranges.
Analogous
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This picture shows the
use of purples and
blues.
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This picture shows the
use of oranges and
yellows.
Complementary
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Complementary colors
are opposite on the
color wheel provided a
high contrast.
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This painting is an
example of
complementary colors
and their values using
blues and oranges.
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Complementary
Colors opposite on the
color wheel- red/green,
yellow/purple. blue/orange
Triadic:
Red, yellow, blue
Purple, orange, green
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The primary colors are
not mixed from other
elements and they
generate all other
colors.
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The secondary colors
are mixed from the
primary colors.
Triadic
Three color scheme – red, yellow, blue
or orange, green and purple
Warm Colors
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Warm colors are found
on the right side of the
color wheel. They are
colors found in fire and
the sun. Warm colors
make objects look
closer in a painting or
drawing.
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This painting displays
the use of warm colors
such as reds, oranges,
and yellows.
Warm Colors
Cool Colors
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Cool colors are found
on the left side of the
color wheel. They are
the colors found in
snow and ice. The
colors tend to recede in
a composition.
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This painting displays a
cool color scheme
using greens, purples,
and blues.
Cool Colors
Other possibilities
Split Complementaryred, green and blue or orange
purple and green
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