The Topic:
Color

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
http://www.colormatters.com/
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 http://www.thetech.org/exhibits_events/online/color/
3) Seeing Color by K. Cooper and C.J. Kazilek from Ask A Biologist at Arizona State
University http://askabiologist.asu.edu/research/seecolor/
 
Introduction to Color Mixing by E. Johnston, N. Elmore, and H. Addlestone
http://www.belmont.edu/Humanities/Behavioral.Sci/PSY/PSY440/PSY440MMprojects/P
SY440Color/ColorHomeIntro.Page
This site explains a research experiment with additive and subtractive color.
Related Website:
2) Additive Colors from ExploreScience
http://www.explorescience.com/activities/Activity_page.cfm?ActivityID=36
3) Color Mixing http://oldsci.eiu.edu/physics/DDavis/3050/ColorMix/ColorMix.html
4) Color Mixing http://home.att.net/~B-P.TRUSCIO/COLOR.htm
5) Color Mixing from Enchanted Learning http://www.zoomwhales.com/crafts/Colormixing.shtml
6) Color Mixing of Light http://www.nh.ultranet.com/~mnocky/ColorMap.html
7) Subtractive Colors from ExploreScience
http://www.explorescience.com/activities/Activity_page.cfm?ActivityID=37
8) Two Kinds of Color Mixing http://home.att.net/~RTRUSCIO/COLORSYS.htm
   
Color Theory
http://members.cox.net/mrsparker2/
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
http://www.poynter.org/special/colorproject/colorproject/color.html
3) Color Theory from Spittin' Image Software, Inc.
http://www.colorcube.com/articles/theory/theory.htm
4) Color Wheel http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/TEACH/floral/color.htm
 
Light and Color from Franklin Institute
http://www.fi.edu/color/color.html
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 http://www.physics.sfasu.edu/astro/color.html
3) In Living Color from Riverdeep Interactive Learning Limited
http://riverdeep.net/current/2002/01/010702_color.jhtml
4) Light and Color from Molecular Expressions Microscopy Primer http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/index.html
5) Science of Light: Light in Color from Annenberg/CPB Math and Science
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/science/light/color/index.html
 
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) http://imet.csus.edu/imet2/bowmany/webquest/color/
2) Colors in the Rainbow! (Grade K) by M. Czerwionka
http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/mczerwionka/webquest.htm
3) Creative Colors (Grades K-2) by K. Madsen http://www2.minot.k12.nd.us/projects/madsen/
4) Light and Color by S. Stein from Tooter4Kids http://www.tooter4kids.com/Light_Color/Light_and_Colorindex.htm
 
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 Coloring.com.
 
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)
http://library.thinkquest.org/50065/
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)
http://library.thinkquest.org/C0126412/in/index.htm
Learn about light, perception, and sensation.
 
More Websites on Color
All About Color from Pantone
http://www.pantone.com/products/products.asp?idArea=16
Here is a starting point for understanding color.
Related Websites:
2) Digital Color Basics from Spittin' Image Software, Inc. http://www.colorcube.com/articles/basics/basics.htm
3) RGB (CMY) Color Model from Adobe Systems Incorporated http://www.adobe.com/support/techguides/color/colormodels/rgbcmy.html
 
Causes of Colors - Why Are Things Colored?
http://webexhibits.org/causesofcolor/
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
http://www.zipmall.com/mpm-art-colorbl.htm
This article explains defective color vision.
Other Websites About Color Blindness:
2) Color Blindness http://www.colorcube.com/illusions/clrblnd.htm
3) Color Blindness Check http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/8833/coloreye.html
4) Frequently Asked Questions About Color Blindness http://www.preventblindness.org/eye_problems/colorvision.html
5) Ishihara Test for Color Blindness http://www.toledo-bend.com/colorblind/Ishihara.html
 
Colors of Light
http://www.mhschool.com/student/science/mhscience/5/review/summary/5-3-6-6.html
Here you can get the facts on colored light and take a quiz to test your new knowledge.
 
Colour Museum
http://www.sdc.org.uk/museum/mus.htm
Welcome to Britain's one and only museum of color. Visit its online galleries.
 
Color Perception by L.E. Funderburk
http://www.designerofchoice.com/LauraFunderburk/index.htm
So what is color? This site explains.
 
Factoids from Color Matters
http://www.colormatters.com/factoid.html
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
http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=213
Hold a favorite color election then construct graphs to present data.
Other Color Lessons from Crayola:
2) Colors Change Appearance
http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=294
3) Color Kaleidoscopes http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=76
4) Complementary Color Names
http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=492
5) Disappearing Colors http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=295
6) Every Color in the Rainbow
http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=74
7) My Favorite Colors Book
http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=39
8) Patchwork Color Stories
http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=501
9) Spinning Color Wheels http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/display.cfm?id=75
 
Color
http://etc.sccoe.org/i98/ii98Units/Art/ElemArt/text/color.html
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
http://www.walkerart.org/ace/ed_activities/units_p/wac_l2_colormoods.html
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
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teaching_materials/curricula/curriculum_units.cfm?curriculum_unit_id=9\
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
http://www.mos.org/learn_more/ed_res/cheapbook/colorcircles/index.html
3) How to Make a Color Wheel http://www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us/science/lessonsk1/expcolor.html
 
Colors and Shapes
http://pages.cthome.net/jtburn/colors.htm
This page contains activity ideas for learning about colors.
 
Crayon Scratch
http://home.att.net/~tisone/crayon.htm
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
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/visart10.html
Students will experiment with tinting, shading to create monochromatic artwork.
 
Primary Color Mixing (Pre-K) by J. Walsh
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/early/early8.html
This lesson is very quick and easy and the children love the outcome!
Related Lesson Plan:
2) Basic Lesson in Mixing Paints http://home.att.net/~tisone/ULlesson7color.htm
 
Rainbow - Color Activity Themes from ChildFun
http://www.childfun.com/themes/rainbow.shtml
This site contains lots of activity ideas, recipes, poetry, songs, and lots more for exploring color.
 
Tasty Color Mixing (Grade K-4) from KinderArt
http://www.kinderart.com/across/tasty.shtml
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
http://artlum.com/science/science1.html
This experiment demonstrates why the sky is blue (and also why sunsets are red).
 
color
red
shade
tint
cool color
color scheme
yellow
primary color
blue
color blindness
pigment
spectrum
"after image"
analogous colors
brightness
hue
complementary color
light
dye
eye
tertiary color
saturation
rainbow
color value
monochromatic
coloring
warm color
color mixing
chroma
filter
camouflage
color derivative
brightness
RGB color mode
paint
additive colors
reflection
color palette
Crayola Crayon
Newton
secondary color
"Stroop Effect"
color wheel
CMYK color mode
color theory
prism
optical illusion
wavelengths of light
 
  
 
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 7/02.