Color Theory Challenge

Learn about color theory and join the challenge to create art based of the lessons. Share your work of art with #wfmaartstories.


Click the images below to join the Color Theory Challenge!

Color Schemes


Color Mixing


Color Meaning

Color Meaning

The meanings we associate with color are not universal; we all perceive and interpret color differently. A number of different factors, like culture, age, nationality, surroundings, past experiences, gender and more, affect personal color preference and understanding of symbolism.

How does the use of red in the two pieces shown make an impact on you? Does it call to mind a memory or feeling? If you’d like, share your thoughts in the comments below.

Artwork shown: (left) William Pankey, “Sense of Place,” 1987, photograph, and (right) John Fincher, “Untitled,” relief; WFMA Permanent Collection.