ART 102: Color Theory

Class Program
Degree Code
Humanities Performance/Skill
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 44 Lab Hours 22

The study of water color painting from still life and nature with an introduction to the materials and techniques of watercolor painting.

Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Apply the principles and elements of art to designs with an emphasis on color through the basic principles of color theory and mixing.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of two-dimensional form using the enhancement of color.
  3. Aesthetically discriminate through self-critique and critique of other students’ artwork.
  4. Exhibit quality craftsmanship with a variety of media.


Course Content Outline
  1. Basic study in color theory
    1. Nature of color
    2. Uses of color
    3. Color Problems
  2. Color exercises
    1. Primary color
    2. Color wheel
    3. Warming and cooling of colors
    4. Relative brilliance of color
    5. Complementary colors
    6. Texture
    7. Composition in warm color
    8. Composition in cool color
    9. Composition in cool and warm color
Department Guidelines

All art work will be evaluated using the objectives of the course. Consideration will be given to individual differences in talent and abilities.

A= Excellent work, unique ideas and idea development, excellent craftsmanship, outstanding effort and involvement.
B= Above average work, good idea development and craftsmanship, extra time and effort.
C= Average work, average ideas and/or craftsmanship, minimal time and effort (just getting by).
D= Below average work, poor ideas, little involvement.
F= Any project not turned in will receive an F and no hope of a final semester grade higher than a C.

PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.