Today’s list of resources will help anyone interested in learning about color theory or the use of color in art at a college level. It’s also the fourth post in my series on getting an art education for free. (Here are my first, second and third.)
I certainly had more difficulty tracking down resources for this article then I did the previous ones. For instance, I couldn’t find a free book online about color, although there was plenty of color discussion in my earlier list of painting resources.
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Perhaps the lack of color resources online is because color does not reliably transfer through a screen, and seeing the color of a painting or drawing in person is much different than seeing a reproduction.
Whatever the reason, here’s the list of resources on color that I did find:
A FREE college course on color
This online class from MIT is completely free, and looks to be a great resource.
The website states: “This seminar introduces, through studio projects, the basic principles regarding the use of color in the visual arts.” It goes on to say that the class also covers the history, psychology, and interactions of color.
Cheap classic books on color and color theory
These two books can be found on Amazon and elsewhere for very affordable prices.