Colours: from theory to practice

Class 3C is exploring the magical world of colours while developing related vocabulary. We started by revising the Theory of Colours, focusing on the English terminology.

In the visual arts, colour theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination. There are also definitions (or categories) of colors based on the color wheelprimary colorsecondary color[1] and tertiary color. Although color theory principles first appeared in the writings of Leone Battista Alberti (c.1435) and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (c.1490), a tradition of “colory theory” began in the 18th century, initially within a partisan controversy around Isaac Newton‘s theory of color (Opticks, 1704) and the nature of primary colors. From there it developed as an independent artistic tradition with only superficial reference to colorimetry and vision science. (from wikipedia)

In Art, colours are also used for their symbolic significance. Discover how colours acquire different meanings in different cultures by reading this interesting article.

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