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Easier - People can see many colors such as red, yellow, and blue. Our sight sense uses light to see different colors.
Harder - Color is a property by which our sense of sight can tell objects apart. Things that are alike in size or feel can be a different color. An object's color property reflects light of a certain wavelength. Our eye sees that wavelength of light as a certain color.
Although people speak of seeing color and colors of objects, we do not actually see them. Our eyes absorb light that objects reflect or project, and this light is converted into electrochemical signals. Those signals travel through our optic nerves to the brain and then are interpreted as image colors.
People who are color-blind do not see color the same way as most people. For example, some people have a slight difficulty distinguishing among different shades of the same color. A few people have the inability to distinguish any colors. More boys than girls have a color vision deficiency.
Color Matters by J.L. Morton
At this site, you can explore how different cultures view color, see how it affects the brain and the body, and much more. You can also learn about color's use in art and science and voice your opinion in a survey.
Related Websites:
2) Make A Splash With Color
3) Seeing Color by K. Cooper and C.J. Kazilek from Ask A Biologist at Arizona State
Introduction to Color Mixing by E. Johnston, N. Elmore, and H. Addlestone
This site explains a research experiment with additive and subtractive color.
Related Website:
2) Additive Colors from ExploreScience
3) Color Mixing
4) Color Mixing
5) Color Mixing from Enchanted Learning
6) Color Mixing of Light
7) Subtractive Colors from ExploreScience
8) Two Kinds of Color Mixing
Color Theory
This online lesson design is created for you to learn about or review color theory. Learn how to mix colors and put colors together in a way that is right for your art work.
Related Websites:
2) Color, Contrast & Dimension in News Design by P.S. Adam
3) Color Theory from Spittin' Image Software, Inc.
4) Color Wheel
Light and Color from Franklin Institute
The color of anything depends on the type of light sent to our eyes; light is necessary if we are to have any perception of color at all.
Related Websites:
2) Color Science
3) In Living Color from Riverdeep Interactive Learning Limited
4) Light and Color from Molecular Expressions Microscopy Primer
5) Science of Light: Light in Color from Annenberg/CPB Math and Science
After exploring several of the websites about color, complete one or more of these related projects.
Learn Some Colors and Their Names. Visit Colors (Pre-K) at Kayleigh's Playground.
Complete Some Color Experiments. Follow the directions found at Funstuff from Colour Museum to learn about the "Stroop Effect" and "after image." You can find other after image exercises at Bird in a Cage from Exploratorium. Another color experiment can be found at Color Cubes.
Complete Some Color Activities. Visit Color Match from FunBrain and Colors Concentration Puzzle from Surfing the Net with Kids. Test your memory for colors and their location by following the instructions for these game pages. Another online quiz for identifying colors is found at Colors and Reading Game from Live and Learn. Find other interesting color activities at Color Words, ColorFun from Spittin' Image Software, Inc., and World of Color.
Color Your Moods. Follow the directions found at Moody Color from Sanford. After you are done, pair up with another person. Compare and discuss your results.
Learn About the Color Wheel. Join Carmine for Introduction to Color and then solve the mystery at Color Theory vs. Dr. Gray and his Dechromatizers from Sanford.
Complete A Color WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at these webQuest sites:
1) Color Discovery by Y.R. Bowman (Grade K)
2) Colors in the Rainbow! (Grade K) by M. Czerwionka
3) Creative Colors (Grades K-2) by K. Madsen
4) Light and Color by S. Stein from Tooter4Kids
Learn About the Colorful History of Crayola Crayons. Visit Binney & Smith: A Colorful History. Develop a timeline showing the company's history as it relates to colors, pigments, and crayons. Make you timeline as colorful as possible.
Color A Page Online. Get started with one of the choices at Coloring Books! from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids Pages or Chose Another Picture from
Mix Colors Online. Visit the Mix-n-Match from Exploratorium to experiment with mixing primary colors and changing background colors. Explain what you discover about color and perception.
Websites By Kids For Kids
Color and the World Around You (Grades 5-8, 1999 ThinkQuest for Tomorrow's Teachers)
This site is designed to provide you with information on how color plays a role in our lives by examining the properties, theories, meanings and effects of color.
Colors - Expressions and Sensations (2001 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
Learn about light, perception, and sensation.
More Websites on Color
All About Color from Pantone
Here is a starting point for understanding color.
Related Websites:
2) Digital Color Basics from Spittin' Image Software, Inc.
3) RGB (CMY) Color Model from Adobe Systems Incorporated
Causes of Colors - Why Are Things Colored?
Scholars have learned that all the colors in the universe originate from a mere fifteen fundamental physical causes. These causes appear over and over, lending color to the world around us.
Color Blindness from Morton Plant Mease Health Care
This article explains defective color vision.
Other Websites About Color Blindness:
2) Color Blindness
3) Color Blindness Check
4) Frequently Asked Questions About Color Blindness
5) Ishihara Test for Color Blindness
Colors of Light
Here you can get the facts on colored light and take a quiz to test your new knowledge.
Colour Museum
Welcome to Britain's one and only museum of color. Visit its online galleries.
Color Perception by L.E. Funderburk
So what is color? This site explains.
Factoids from Color Matters
This site houses lots of color information such as the meaning of the colors of the American flag, the possibility of purple ketchup, and more.
Websites For Teachers
Class Color Count (Pre-5) from Crayola Creativity Central
Hold a favorite color election then construct graphs to present data.
Other Color Lessons from Crayola:
2) Colors Change Appearance
3) Color Kaleidoscopes
4) Complementary Color Names
5) Disappearing Colors
6) Every Color in the Rainbow
7) My Favorite Colors Book
8) Patchwork Color Stories
9) Spinning Color Wheels
Students will identify, describe, and apply various concepts of color in their own artwork and the artwork of others. This lesson covers primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, tinting and shading, and basic color mixing.)
Color Moods (Grades 3-5) from Walker Art Center
Students look at several works of art to determine the mood created by the color and invent simple dance movements that describe the mood of the piece.
Color Wheel Unit (Grades 9-12) from ArtsEdge\
This unit contains three lessons: Color Mix: primary and secondary colors; Color Value: tints and shades; and Art Appreciation: the emotional quality of color in Pablo Picasso's Blue and Rose Periods.
Related Websites:
2) Color Wheels by L. Solow from Educator's Cheapbook
3) How to Make a Color Wheel
Colors and Shapes
This page contains activity ideas for learning about colors.
Crayon Scratch
This art lesson uses the crayon scratch technique with strong shapes and colors to create visually interesting work
Monochromatic Painting (Grades 3 and Up) from CanTeach
Students will experiment with tinting, shading to create monochromatic artwork.
Primary Color Mixing (Pre-K) by J. Walsh
This lesson is very quick and easy and the children love the outcome!
Related Lesson Plan:
2) Basic Lesson in Mixing Paints
Rainbow - Color Activity Themes from ChildFun
This site contains lots of activity ideas, recipes, poetry, songs, and lots more for exploring color.
Tasty Color Mixing (Grade K-4) from KinderArt
There are only three main colors that make up all the other colors in the world. Without them there would be no colors. These three colors are red, yellow, and blue.
Why is the Sky Blue? from Artis Luminis
This experiment demonstrates why the sky is blue (and also why sunsets are red).
cool color
color scheme
primary color
color blindness
"after image"
analogous colors
complementary color
tertiary color
color value
warm color
color mixing
color derivative
RGB color mode
additive colors
color palette
Crayola Crayon
secondary color
"Stroop Effect"
color wheel
CMYK color mode
color theory
optical illusion
wavelengths of light
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 7/02.