Higher Education

Color Basics, 1st Edition

  • Stephen Pentak Ohio State University, Emeritus
  • Richard Roth Virginia Commonwealth University
  • ISBN-10: 0534613896  |  ISBN-13: 9780534613891
  • 192 Pages
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $151.50



A guide to color theory and application for the beginning student, COLOR BASICS provides a versatile reference for art students. With a modular, two-page spread format, COLOR BASICS uses strong visual examples from art and design and the natural world.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Color Systems.
3. Color in Context.
4. Color in Practice: Two Dimensional.
5. Color in Practice: Three Dimensional.
6. Color in Nature and Culture.

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Bundle: Text + Color Wheel Card

ISBN-10: 0495204501  | ISBN-13: 9780495204503

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"COLOR BASICS has a refreshing range of up-to-date illustrations that represent a variety of media, cultures, and both high and low sources--thus suggesting the polyvocal nature of contemporary art."

— Paul Ryan, Mary Baldwin College

"COLOR BASICS is a wonderful resource for the college freshman. It is clear, concise, and uses engaging visual examples." "There are sections of writing that are unique to any textbook. These are areas where visual metaphors are used to clearly explain to the reader in such a way that he is able to grasp the mutable nature of color... The analysis and descriptions in this text are far more engaging than the average color text. I have so much sympathy for my students because color texts tend to come in two varieties--extremely scientific with language that is alienating to the novice and ridiculously plebian and enthusiastic, with visual examples that are completely irrelevant to today’s design student. COLOR BASICS almost reads like a novel in comparison, and has great visuals as well." "I find COLOR BASICS to be an innovative, compelling text that will be very useful. The writing style is clear and unpretentious... I was supremely satisfied with the text, which proved to be clear, lyrical and captivating."

— Sandra Williams, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stephen Pentak

Stephen Pentak received his BA from Union College in New York, and his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is Professor Emeritus of Art, and a past Associate Dean of the College of the Arts at Ohio State University. He has been the recipient of four Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and he has been a visiting resident artist at Delfina Studios in London, and Glasgow School of Art. Mr. Pentak's recent solo exhibitions include shows at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Susan Street in San Diego. He is co-author of COLOR BASICS as well as DESIGN BASICS. www.stephenpentak.com.

Richard Roth

Richard Roth received his BFA from The Cooper Union and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. He is a Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is co-author of COLOR BASICS and co-editor of BEAUTY IS NOWHERE: ETHICAL ISSUES IN ART AND DESIGN. Roth is an artist and designer with an international exhibition record. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.