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Color theory response paper

MLA format, and cite any sources with a Works Cited page.

Your paper must include the following, using correct color terminology (see textbook,

including the glossary):

  1. A detailed description of the color structure. Discuss the kinds and combinations of

color, including chromatic grays, muted colors, and prismatic colors.

  1. The relationship between form and content. In other words, how do the colors used

relate to the subject matter? Do you think the artist/designer made good color

choices? Why? What mood or message results from these color choices?

  1. Discussion of how the work of art relates to your own experiences with color so far

and to your aspirations for work in color. (Suggested prompt: What specific aspects

of this work would you like to emulate in your own work? Why?)

  1. Any other responses you wish to discuss.



Here are a few conventions to use when writing about art:

Name the artist by full name at first mention in the paper, and provide birth year and (if

applicable) death year in parentheses. For example: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669).

For living artists, you’d write, for example: Julie Mehretu (born 1970). After introducing

the artist in this way, refer to her/him by last name in the rest of the paper.

Place the title of the work of art in italics. Exhibition titles should be placed in quotation marks. Series titles are also usually placed in quotes.

When you list the title for the first time, provide following in parentheses: year created,

medium, dimensions. For example: (2014, oil on canvas, 14 x 11 inches). The degree to

which exact dimensions are available will vary according to exhibitions. If you can’t find

the dimensions, give your reader a rough sense of scale. For example, you could write,

“This painting is about the size of a standard spiral notebook.” Or, “This postcard-size

drawing….” For fashion and interior design, be as descriptive as possible so that your

reader can visualize the work you’re discussing.


Each one in one page:





Last Updated on March 21, 2019

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