Significant scientific work has been done to understand light and color. This includes the basic physical science of light and color, as well as the impact color has on the psychology of human beings. Here we explore both sciences to help understand our physical and psychological reaction to color.
Check out all the resources below which include videos and articles. Plus, explore our Unit 4 gallery for some colorful work from our online collection that features the color Green.
Join us at the end of the week for a live video conversation (scroll down for connection details) about what you have discovered about color theory.
Khan Academy - Science of Color is a course of five short videos on color science from a science/perception perspective using film as the media. Each video is followed by some fun exercises. The color scientist Dominic Glynn covers the visual spectrum, some color theory, rods/cones, and other color concepts with short, easy to understand explanations and examples. He also demonstrates how Pixar uses color to produce moods and atmosphere.
David Briggs' website presents an account of the dimensions of color and light perception, written for painters using either traditional or digital media. Watch his video Color Vision Basics: What is Color?.
David Briggs has also compiled a list of over 400 public links about color. This is the link for anyone who wants to explore everything about color.
James Gurney has written Color and Light, a very helpful book for artists interested in realism.
The Logo Company explores the science of color and color choices in graphic art.
Color Matters presents Why Color Matters. This includes a global color survey and they have a newsletter about color.
Colour Affects explores the psychological properties of colours.
Deborah Devis: The Shape of Color presented by Cosmos, the Science of Everything Researchers at the National Eye Institute in the US have found that human brains process specific colors in a similar way, and the “shape” of this brain map can predict what color people are seeing.
The Science of Color Explained by Art from Invaluable explores the science of color using well-known artists’ work as examples.
Comparative (Cross-cultural) Color Preference and Its Structure by Miho Saito is a scientific paper on the psychology of color preference across cultures. Saito is a Faculty of Human Sciences at Waseda University.
BioColour – Bio-based Dyes and Pigments for Colour Palette is a website about the advances in bio-dyes to replace chemical dyes and create more sustainable dye sources.
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