Online Class: Color Theory, Color Mixing, and Technique

In this course we are going to explore everything there is to know about the science and art of how humans perceive color as well as how to encompass these ideas to create beautiful artwork.

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Course Description

Immerse Yourself in the Mesmerizing Universe of Color!
Imagine a world painted in shades of gray; life without the crimson embrace of a sunset or the tranquil blues of the ocean depths. It's almost unthinkable, isn't it? Color isn't merely a visual treat; it's the silent soundtrack to our lives. From the golden glow heralding dawn to the hues we choose to adorn our bodies and living spaces, colors narrate our existence, shaping emotions, influencing choices, and crafting memories.
Welcome to a transformative journey into the heart of colors. As artists, we don't just see colors; we feel them, imbibe their energy, and translate that essence into evocative masterpieces. Whether you're enchanted by the ethereal quality of pastels or drawn to the electrifying pulse of jewel tones, there's an entire spectrum waiting for you to explore, understand, and redefine.
This course isn't merely an exploration; it's an invitation to dive deep into the psychology, science, and emotion behind each shade and tint. Unlock the mysteries of color theory, a fascinating realm that dissects how humans not just see but resonate with colors. Every hue has a story, every gradient an emotion, and every palette a world of its own.
By melding the science of perception with the art of creation, you'll emerge not just as an artist, but as a master storyteller, weaving tales through strokes and shades. With each module, we'll not just learn but feel, experimenting, mixing, and creating colors that echo our innermost feelings.
So, are you ready to unlock a universe where each color sings its own song, where canvases come alive with tales whispered in tones and shades? Join us, as we embark on an illuminating voyage into the enthralling world of color, and let's paint our stories together!
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  • Self-Paced
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Color Theory, Color Mixing, and Technique

An actual definition of color theory is understanding the science and the art of using color. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 1A
  • Complete: Assignment 1B
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Contrasting and Complementary Colors

Before we start working our way around the color wheel, and discussing contrasting and complementary colors, I think it is worth noting a brief discussion about a few vocabulary words that often come up in artist-type-talk. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 2
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Analogous and Harmonious Colors

The word 'analogous' by definition means something that is similar or comparable to something else. Since we are dealing with art, we will be discussing analogous colors. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 3
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Monochromatic Painting

If you dabble in the arts, you most likely have heard the word 'monochromatic.' 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 4
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Triadic and Tetrads

The word triadic refers to anything in a set of three. In music, a triad is the first, third and fifth note if you began a scale on any note. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 5
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Skin Tones

What keeps you from painting or drawing a portrait? Is it the eyes, other facial features, or trying to be symmetrical? Or are you worried your portrait will not really look like the person you are trying to paint? 47 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 6A
  • Complete: Assignment 6B
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Warm, Cool and Neutral Colors

Take the color wheel and place it down on the table so that the color red-violet and violet are at the top of the wheel. The colors at the bottom of the wheel will be yellow and yellow green. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 7
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Mixing Colors

The last part of learning about color theory in this lesson is understanding about color mixing. For many artists, mixing paint to make new colors can be one of the most enjoyable parts of painting. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 8
  • Complete: Assignment 8B
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Texture and Transfer Drawings

Besides knowing about what colors look well together or how well they contrast, adding texture to your art work can make all the difference from a dull flat look to a painting that pops. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 9
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Impressionism

Before artists became Impressionists, landscape compositions leaned toward being imaginary and were painted in art studios. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 10
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Pointillism

Basically, pointillism means making a mark on your paper in the form of a dot or a dash, then making more dots until you have filled in all the shapes and spaces on your paper or canvas. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 11
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Pop Art and Art Noveau

Pop Art is one of those periods in art where it seems to come in a rush, hang around for a few decades, then fade off into the background. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 12
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Cubism Art

This style of art made its appearance early in the 20th century and was known as avant-garde art. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 13
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Abstract Art

Abstract art is all about colors, shapes and texture. Because of that, abstract art is a deliberate effort to not depict reality. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 14A
  • Complete: Assignment 14B
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Wrapping It All Up and More Project Ideas

After you have created all your art, you should preserve it. Depending on what mediums you choose, or what substrate you do your art on, that will determine how you should protect your work. 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments
  • Complete: Assignment 15A
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Color Theory, Color Mixing, and Technique
Course Number: 9770643
Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (164 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: January 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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