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Explores color theory through hands-on student activities

Color Workbook presents a wide-ranging overview of color theory and design combined with student activities that reinforce color concepts through hands-on experience. With a practical focus partnered with accessible explanations and application exercises, this program continues to prove successful with students and instructors.

The new edition contains enhanced images and updated interactive activities for students to apply the concepts in each chapter. When paired with the new MySearchLab with eText, this program has never been more engaging and accessible.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Identify color theoretical concepts
  • Learn color techniques
  • Recognize the use of design elements and principles
  • Apply color theories into one’s personal artwork

Note: MySearchLab with eText does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab with eText, please visit or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205877117 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205877119.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205255948
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/22/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 183,389
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Becky Koenig is an artist, educator and author, she has exhibited her artwork in the Western New York region and nationally. Ms. Koenig has an extensive history of studio art education in drawing, painting, design and color theory at colleges in the Buffalo, New York area including: Villa Maria College, Medaille College, Canisius College, Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo. She has been on the staff of the Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo since 2003 as an academic administrator and instructor in studio art. Her textbook on color theory, Color Workbook, published by Prentice Hall, is currently in its Fourth Edition.

Becky Koenig received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a MFA from the Department of Art, SUNY at Buffalo.

Her work has been exhibited at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Albright Knox Art Gallery, UB Anderson Gallery, all in Buffalo, NY, Niagara Community College Art Gallery, Sanborn, NY, Carnegie Art Center, Tonawanda, NY, Adams Memorial Art Gallery in Dunkirk, NY along with many other sites.

The influence of teaching and studying color theory is evidenced in her works, many of which are concerned with nature, vision, optics and science.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Nature of Color: Color Physics and Perception
Chapter 2 The Color Circle and Color Systems: An Exploration
Chapter 3 Attributes of Color
Chapter 4 Color Interaction
Chapter 5 The Materials of Color
Chapter 6 Computer Color

Chapter 7 The Elements of Design
Chapter 8 The Principles of Design
Chapter 9 Color Schemes and Harmonies
Chapter 10 Designing with Color
Chapter 11 Expressive Color
Chapter 12 Color in Art



Chapter 1: The Nature of Color: Color Physics and Perception
Color Physics
Primary Colors of Light
Additive Color System
Color Perception
Additive Color Media
Subtractive Color System
The Relationship of Additive and Subtractive Color
Complementary Colors
Local and Relative Color

Chapter 2: The Color Circle and Color Systems: An Exploration
Color Circles and Systems—A Brief History
Color Circles—A Rationale
The Traditional Subtractive Color Circle
Hues—Components of a Color Circle
Achromatics and the Color Circle
Hue Contrast
Hue Relationships on the Color Circle
Color Proportion

Chapter 3: Attributes of Color

Chapter 4: Color Interaction
Color Relativity—Chevereul and Albers
Optical Mixtures
Other Types of Color Interaction
Color Transparency

Chapter 5: The Materials of Color
Physical Color Materials
Process Materials

Chapter 6: Computer Color
Computer Color Basics
The Color Monitor
Bit Depth
Bitmap and Vector-Based Programs
Types of Digital Software
Types of Image Files
Computer Tools
Using Computer Color
Color Management


Chapter 7: The Elements of Design
The Abstract Concepts of Design
The Picture Plane
Design Elements

Chapter 8: The Principles of Design
Order and Chaos
Gestalt Theory in Design
Design Principle—Unity
Design Principle—Emphasis
Design Principle—Balance
Design Principles—Proportion and Scale
Design Principles—Movement and Rhythm

Chapter 9: Color Schemes and Harmonies
Simple Color Harmonies
Contrasting or Opposing Harmonies
Balanced Color Harmonies
Keyed Color Harmonies
Informal Color Harmonies

Chapter 10: Designing with Color
Color Unity
Color Emphasis
Color Balance
Color to Depict Form, Light, and Space
Color Rhythm and Movement

Chapter 11: Expressive Color
Color Psychology
Color Symbols
Environmental Color

Color Harmony versus Color Discord
Color Preference
Color Expression
Free-Form Color Harmony
Thematic Color

Chapter 12: Color in Art
Reflected Light—Mosaics
Primacy of Form—The Renaissance
Light and Movement—The Baroque
Poetry in Color—Romantic Period
Time and Place—Impressionism
Simple Elegance—Japanese Art
Color Expression—Neoimpressionism
Fauvism and Beyond
Movement in Space—Futurism
Color Utopians—Modernism and Purism

Pierre Bonnard—Premier Colorist
Inner Light—Abstract Expressionism
Commercial Color and Culture
Light Reflected—Minimalism and Beyond
Color and Concept
Pigment and Ritual—Anish Kapoor
Color in Installation and Image
Color in Light and Space

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