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Color wheel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Color Wheel or color circle is an abstract illustrative organization of color hues around a circle that shows relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, complementary colors, etc.

Some sources use the terms color wheel and color circle interchangeably;[1][2] however, one term or the other may be more prevalent in certain fields or certain versions as mentioned above. For instance, some reserve the term color wheel for mechanical rotating devices, such as color tops or filter wheels. Others classify various color wheels as color disc, color chart, and color scale varieties.[3]

As an illustrative model, artists typically use red, yellow, and blue primaries (RYB color model) arranged at three equally spaced points around their color wheel.[4] Printers and others who use modern subtractive color methods and terminology use magenta, yellow, and cyan as subtractive primaries. Intermediate and interior points of color wheels and circles represent color mixtures. In a paint or subtractive color wheel, the "center of gravity" is usually (but not always[5]) black, representing all colors of light being absorbed; in a color circle, on the other hand, the center is white or gray, indicating a mixture of different wavelengths of light (all wavelengths, or two complementary colors, for example).

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1) Out line both the primary and secondary colours from the colour wheel, and explain their significance.

 

2) When creating an artwork, what are the warm and cool colours and what moods or environments could they symbolise?

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Paul Giovanopoulos-Five Senses. Drawing Project idea
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A variety of resources for teaching drawing in visual arts secondary schools. Useful for drawing activities and adding visual arts elements, tone, shape, line, texture and contrast to their drawings. 

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