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This text introduces students in all the visual arts to color theory, the psychology of color perception, and the physics of color. It also offers tips for putting that knowledge into practice in a variety of media, from painting and other fine arts to interior design, architecture, fashion design, ceramics, textile design, and needlework. Four dimensions of color–hue, value, intensity, and temperature–are discussed in detail. Based on the author's many years of teaching the subject to students from all the major concentrations of the visual arts, the text presents concepts in a logical order, with each chapter building on the previous one.
  • Full-color reproductions of masterpieces of the fine and decorative arts further enhance the content and complex concepts
  • Practical excercises invite students to experiment with color by creating compositions that follow estalished principles of design
  • Examples of compositions by the author's own students enhance the readers' understanding as do diagrams, including color wheels illustrative of different theories
  • Glossary of key terms and bibliography of texts and publications
  • Appendix features: Coloring Agents-Dry Binders; Coloring Agents-Liquid Binders; Coloring Agents-Pigment Origins and Characteristics of Common Colors; Hue-Various Art Media matched to Color-Aid Paper Pure Hues; Color Legibility Rankings
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Editorial Reviews

Here is thorough treatment of the history, psychology, and physics of color, as well as information about putting that knowledge into practical application. Feisner (fine arts, Montclair State University) draws on many years of teaching experience to write for art students of all stripes, including painters, designers, photographers, fiber artists, potters, among others. The text is abundantly illustrated and includes exercises with each of the 14 chapters and appendices with practical information about binders, pigments, and color mixing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563673948
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Anderson Feisner is a Visiting Specialist / Assistant Chair (Retired) in the School of Fine Arts at Montclair State University, USA. She has taught courses in color, design, and introduction to visual arts. She has held many positions in the Embroiderers' Guild of America including certified teacher, teacher certification board, as well as the author of the master craftsman programs in color and design. Her fine art works are in both public and private collections.

Ron Reed is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Interior Design in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University—San Marcos, USA. Reed served as the IDEC Southwest Regional Chair between 2011-2012.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What is color? 2
Ch. 2 Color systems and color wheels 8
Ch. 3 Color theorists 13
Ch. 4 Coloring agents 23
Ch. 5 The dimension of hue 34
Ch. 6 The dimension of value 39
Ch. 7 The dimension of intensity 49
Ch. 8 The dimension of temperature 56
Ch. 9 Color and the principles of design 66
Ch. 10 Color and the elements of design space 78
Ch. 11 Color interactions 94
Ch. 12 Color and the effects of illumination 102
Ch. 13 Color symbolism 120
Ch. 14 Putting color to use - then and now 134
App. 1 Color content identification charts 158
App. 2 Chronological list of color theorists 162
App. 3 Coloring agents - dry binders 163
App. 4 Coloring agents - liquid binders 164
App. 5 Coloring agents - pigment origins and characteristics of common colors 164
App. 6 Hue - various art media matched to color-aid paper pure hues 165
App. 7 Value orders 168
App. 8 Color legibility rankings 168
App. 9 Color symbols in religion 169
App. 10 Historical color palettes 170
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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Great way to Learn Color Theory!

    I misplaced my 1st edition of this book(probably in a box somewhere) so I'm gonna pick up this one :) Great book for beginners and advanced! I actually had her as a Teacher at Montclair State. This is essentially her class in a book. The chapters titles are even the same as our Class sessions were titled. Very straightforward explanations of everything, well worth it!

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