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  1. Introduction
  2. How do I choose colors for instructional purposes?
  3. Integration
  4. Can Color Improve Instruction?
  5. What is White Space? Is it always White?
  6. Challenge Activity
  7. Conclusion

Color refers to the visual quality of an object based on the amount of light emitted or reflected by it. Choosing color for instruction depends on three main principles namely; selection, integration, and organization. The three principles are explained in depth below.

The colors to be used must make important information that is to be conveyed stand out. The standing out of the information improves leaner selection. Contrast can be used to help the leaner distinguish between information that is important to the one that is less important. Two color schemes are veryimportant in the perception and visual acuity of the learner. The two schemes divide the color wheel in two halves, which are the warm and cool color and the spectral scheme. Colors that are found in the middle of the color spectraare linked to greater acuity.Warm colors are used to make an element even more noticeable.

[...] The best website containing advice and tools for creating visuals One of the best websites that has information, advice, and tools for creating visual is the Art Business for Artists Website. The URL is, It offers information and advice to developed, experienced, and emerging artists concerning both marketing, development, and other applicable issues related to the business of visual and performing art. Reference Lohr, L. L. (2008). Creating Graphics for Learning and Performance: Lessons in Visual Literacy.North Colorado: University of Northern Colorado. Boyle, C.(2001). Color Harmony for the total Web: A guide for making great color scheme on-line.Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers. [...]

[...] Texture refers to the addition of pattern to an object. The pattern enables the object to stand out from the others. Depth is created by perspective. Perspective is used to liven up objects.Depth has an instructional function. The texture can be used to put perspective into objects. The perspective livens up the object. Scale can be used to increase the proportionality of an object hence making it stand out from the rest. Shadowing in dimensionsmake objects more vivid to the learner. [...]

[...] Distraction of the learner inhibits performance of the whole learning process. It is imperative to realize the correct psychology of colors. The psychology will determine if the learners will be captivated or distracted. Can Color Improve Instruction? Yes, colors can improve instruction. Colors tend to improve the moods. Colors also have symbolic meaning. For example, white can be used to vividly associate with weddings in the western cultures. The same white color can be used to associate with funerals in the eastern cultures. [...]

[...] Space can be used to communicate timing to the learner. Spacing communicates the distance in time when the characters are further apart. Space balances images on a screen. Space enhances the achievement of equilibrium. To work effectively with white space, one must be able to see it though it is considered invisible. The white space must be viewed as an independent visual element on its own. White space is not always white but it represents the space between letters and objects. [...]

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