33 color theory lessons for designers and artists


33 color theory lessons for designers and artists

Color is a fundamental element of life. Understanding how color is used for visual interaction is important for designers and artists.

A theoretical course from illustrator and art institute professor Mary Jane Begin in 33 parts will introduce viewers to the basic concepts of color and coloristics: you will master the principles of mixing and combining colors, giving importance to an element with color, you will learn the principles of using color to visually increase or decrease the temperature in an illustration, and others techniques for working with color.

The course is useful for both artists and designers, especially those working in the field of information design, where color is one of the most important tools for visual accentuation.

You can download materials for completing the lessons at the end of the publication.


1. Welcome

2. Traditional media to digital The long and winding road of color

3. Exercise files

How Color Shapes Meaning

1. Introduction How color shapes meaning

2. Universal, cultural, and personal symbols of color

3. Concepts made clear

4. Brand identity and language

5. Sequence and pattern

The color wheel

1. What is the color wheel

2.Primary colors, primary concerns

3. Playing with complementary colors

4. Tertiary colors The basics of brown and gray

The elements of color

1. What is contrast

2. Creating focus Living on the edge

3. Creating the readable image

4. Connecting contrast with content

Color and light

1. Illuminating light

2. The effect of contrast in light

3. Value and saturation

4. On temperature

5. On complements

6. Secondary and reflected light

7. RGB vs. CMYK


1. An introduction to palettes

2. Limited palettes A harmonious color palette

3. Harmony and discord

4. Unifying color grounds

5. Unifying glazes and layers

6. Charting a color family

Color Shape Texture and Context

1. Balance of shapes How much is too much

2. Weaving textural color

3. Color in context

4. Color blindness

5. Challenge Deconstructing color

6. Solution Demo of deconstructing color


Lesson materials

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