The Color Wheel 

 

 The Color Wheel is a chart that shows how colors are related and sorted. This makes 

it easier for Artists to mix the right colors for painting.



The Primary colors are blue, red, and yellow and cannot be made by mixing other colors together. 


Secondary colors are orange, purple and green and are made by mixing two primary colors from either side of the color wheel.


Tertiary colors are made by mixing a primary and a secondary color together. Like purple and blue, green and yellow or blue and green.


Intermediary colors are the result of not mixing primary Colors in equal amounts. For example, mixing yellow and green could give us Apple green or Chartreuse, depending on the amount of each color mixed.


Complementary colors are opposite from each other on the color wheel and they contrast because they do not have any colors in common. Green is made by mixing yellow and blue, so it will complement red. 


Analogous colors on the color wheel are right next to each other and have a color in common. Like blue, blue/green, and green all contain blue. Red, orange and yellow are analogous because red and yellow make orange.


Cool colors are made mostly of green, blue and purple and they remind you of cool things and make you feel cooler. 


Warm colors are made mostly of red, orange and yellow and they remind you of warm things and make you feel warm. 


Local color are realistic colors, as they appear in nature such as green grass, blue sky, brown earth, etc. 


Earth colors are not seen on most color wheels. Black, grays, whites, browns, beiges and tans are Earth colors and can be made by mixing all three primaries together with some black or white. 


Artists use colors to create moods, show contrast and create depth in artwork.



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