Color Schemes

In my visual literacy class, we were sent out on a scavenger hunt to find color schemes around town.  As you can see below, there is a color wheel, and from that you can make analogous, alternate analogous, triads, split compliment, and monochromatic color schemes.  On one side of the color scheme you have cool colors: greens, blues, and violets.  On the other side is all the warm colors: reds, oranges, and yellows.

Color Wheel




Red, Blue, Yellow

Split Compliment


Yellow, Blue Violet, Violet Red



Yellow, Orange Yellow, Orange

Alternate Analogous

Image Yellow, Green, Blue

Image Red, Orange, Yellow



Purple, Purple, Purple



Blue, Blue, Blue



Cool Colors


Blues, Greens

Warm Colors

Reds, Oranges, Yellows


Chapter 8 & 9 Review Questions

Chapter 8

What is tint?

-Tint means that white has been added to a color.

What is shade?

-Shade is when black has been added to a color.

What is intensity?

-it refers to the level of pure color present.  For example, if you start with a red color and increase the   intensity enough, it will turn into pink.


Chapter 9

What are complementary colors?

-Complementary colors are colors that are direct opposites on the color wheel.  Those are colors that go well together, or “compliment” each other.  As you can see bellow, purple compliments yellow, and red and green go together as do blue and orange, etc.

What are 3 main hues that are classified as cool colors?

-Blues, violets, and greens are “cool” colors.  As you can see above in the color wheel, the cool colors are separate from the warm colors and compliment warm colors.

What 3 hues are classified as warm colors.

-Reds, oranges, and yellows.  Again, the warm colors on the color wheel are opposite the cool colors and compliment the cool colors.