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3.1 Colour

Colour can have a range of effects on us as spectators, for example, it can have an emotional impact, or it can encourage us to read an artwork in a particular way. You will now look at some questions that might be asked of the use of colour:

  1. Has a wide or narrow palette of colours been used?
  2. Have contrasting colours been placed next to each other?
  3. Are there more warm colours than cool colours or vice versa?
  4. In what way is dark and light colour used?

For each question, you will be encouraged to consider how the use of colour conveys a particular mood or emotional effect, and how the use of colour helps to determine the order in which we read the artwork.