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Color Wheel

Visual Art Standard Vocabulary

Primary The colors cannot be made by mixing other colors.
Secondary The colors are created by mising two equally primary colors.
Tertiary The colors are created by mixing equally primary colors with secondary colors.
Complementary Two colors are across from each other or opposite to each other.
Analogous 3-5 colors are side-by-side.
Triad Three colors are evenly spaced apart or triangle.
Cool The colors are on the green-blue side of the color wheel.
Warm The colors are on the yellow-orange side of the color wheel
Monochromatic One color with the tint, tone, and shade of that colors
Split-Complementary One color along with the two colors besides opposite color.
Tint Adding white to a color
Tone Adding gray to a color
Shade Adding black to a color
Intesity The lightness or dullness of a color.
Neutral A color is not associated with any hue and included in the color family called earth colors.
Hue A pure color —one without tint or shade
Spectrum Rainbow colors which is produced when light passes through a glass prism or through a drop of water.


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