Projects & Practice – colour theory (week 2)


In this particular lesson we learnt on working with

  • colour
  • rhythm and balance
  • pace
  • grids
  • hierarchy of information
  • patterns

and various Design terms

  • Basic colour theory  – Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Complementary, Analogous
  • Hue: is the colour’s position in the spectrum. The colour shift depending on its saturation and value.
  • Saturation: (also known as Chroma) is the relative purity of the colour as it neutralises to grey
  • Value: is the light or dark character of the colour, also known as luminance, brightness
  • Shade: is a variation of a hue produced by the addition of black
  • Tint: is a variation of a hue produced by the addition of white
  • Colour Models – CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Black) – Used in the printing process. CMY and K are known as the process colours and full colour printing is known as four-colour process.
  • RGB – Red Green Blue (screen solution)

       (All terms from lesson presentation)

Also an insight on how various artists take these specific elements and work with them, particularly the following:



After this point we had to use what we had learnt and produce our own work inspired by our particular local areas ( as in our previous lesson we were asked to collect printed matter/ephemera of our local areas – tickets, brochures, postcards, etc.)

I was able to collect similar items such as brochures, tickets etc. which i then used to influence the colours and materials i picked, in order to create a brief piece that summarised what we had learnt in that particular lesson.



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