Reinventing the Wheel

Joseph Kosuth

Joseph Kosuth

An Introduction to Color

Ittens Color Wheel: Subtractive because pigment is added and light is reflected (unlike additive as in theater sets with gels and lights)

Primary: Yellow, Red and Blue

Secondary: Orange, Violet, Green

Tertiary: Yellow-Orange, Red-Orange, Red-Violet, Blue-Violet, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green

From here you can see relationships: Analogous (next to each other on the wheel) complimentary colors (opposite each other on the wheel) and you can begin to image how combining certain colors can give a sense of transparency.


 Color Basics :: HUES are the 12 purest & brightest colors forming the full spectrum ~ 3 Primary Colors; 3 Secondary Colors; 6 Tertiary Colors. A TINT (sometimes called a pastel) is any color with white added. A SHADE is any color with black added. A TONE is created by adding gray. Tones are somehow more pleasing to the eye, more complex, subtle & sophisticated. ...ღTrish W ~

Hue: a spectrum of color (a range)

Tint: the addition of white

Shade: the addition of black

Tone: the addition of gray


Value: the relative lightness or darkness of a color

Keep in mind the power of value via Citizen Kane.

Studio: Itten’s 12 step color wheel

In Class: Color Wheel

Colorwheel, gouache paint on plywood by Ji Park

Left: Pieter Drubetskoy, integrated color wheel and grayscale, Color-aid paper; right: Pablo Delkan, color wheel, gouache paint

Mao Kudo, grayscale wheel and color wheel, gouache-painted strips woven into clear plastic

Oliver Herring

and a fun Quiz via


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