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The New Munsell Student Color Set [Ring-bound]

Jim Long , Joy Turner Luke
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1 Jan 2001 1563672006 978-1563672002 2nd Revised edition
Albert Munsell's system of colour notation has been taught for nearly a century, but the applications and uses of the system are constantly changing. This text teaches the importance of a standardized language to communicate colour and the factors affecting how we perceive it. The three dimensions of colour - hue, value, and chroma - are also described. There is a brief contextual description of other colour systems. This text bridges the gap between the theory and appreciation of colour. Munsell colour charts, to be assembled with new, enlarged chips, are the basis for additional projects and exercises. This set is ideal for students of design, art, fashion, architecture, interior design, manufacturing, colour science, and anyone else who works with or is interested in colour.

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  • Ring-bound: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563672006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563672002
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.8 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Long is Associate Professor in the Department of Photography and Film at Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches photo and basic design. He has also served as Associate Professor in the Art Foundation and Interior Design departments at the university. Long was awarded an international fellowship in 1993,and has had photographs featured in books and journals in the USA, Europe and Asia. Joy Turner Luke is a painter and owner of Studio 231 in Sperryville, Virginia, where she conducts intensive courses on color and artists' paints. She also lectures widely on these topics for art schools and other groups with a specialized interest in color. Among the organizations in which she has been active are the Inter-Society Color Council, where she has served as president; the Munsell Foundation; the Advisory Board of the Munsell Color Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology; National Artists Equity Association; and the American Society for Testing and Materials, where she has been instrumental in establishing standards for art materials.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for soils 4 Nov 2013
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Chose this for soil work but this is just a basic introduction into Munsell charts only though general description can be used for consistency
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5.0 out of 5 stars Munsell Student is for the Pros 6 Sep 2010
This book, is an eye opener, either you are new at painting pictures or a Pro in the Arts industry by craft & trade. This book is a tool in seeing colour in detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive--But a Clear Explanation of Color 20 Sep 2009
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This is a text book for serious artists who are interested in color. It comes with 10 colors charts, each on its own page, with color chips illustrating how changes in value (light/dark)and chroma (bright/dull)affect each color. The chips come in little baggies for each color. You have to sort them by value and chroma and put them in the book.

Sorting all those color chips reminded me of mixing paints--without the mess. It was a good exercise because successful color mixing requires the ability to distinguish hue, value, and chroma.

It also comes with a page that has a color wheel, a grayscale (value scale), and a row of chroma changes for a Red at value 4. It is called a Hue Value/Chroma chart.

Because of the cost of this book, I was hesitant to buy it. I downloaded and read Munsell's "A Color Notation." It struck me as more accurate and less confused than the wide variety of currently popular books on color. It also didn't conflict with anything I already believe about color. I knew interior designers and textile designers use Munsell to create complex and beautiful color schemes. I recognized that there was some order to the best color designs, but I couldn't figure out what the pattern or organization actually was. After reading "A Color Notation," I wanted to know more, so I bought this book.

I have many books on color, but I wish I had read this one first. It actually made sense and cleared up some of the confusion left by the other books. It was well worth the price!

Following are the chapter titles of this 138-page book.

1. The Vocabulary of Munsell--which covers hue, value, chroma.

2. Science, Color, and Art--which discusses the Renaissance, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the Electronic Age.

3. Light and Color--which talks about the visible and invisible attributes of color and the differences between glossy and matt colors.

4. Vision and Color--which is about how the eye and the brain function, and how they alter perception of color.

5. Color Anomalies, Preference, and Emotional Response--which explains "warm" and "cool" hues, advancing and receding colors.

6. Additive Color Mixture: Mixing Light--which is about the mixture of light beams (used in televisions and computers).

7. Subtractive Color Mixture: Mixing Paints.

8. Relationships among Colors--which talks about simultaneous contrast, successive contrast, separated colors, color assimilation, color texture, and the transparency effect with opaque paints.

9. Combining Colors--which covers color harmony, balance, harmonious sequences, Munsell color paths.

10.Color in Designed Products, Installations and Printing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Munsell Student Color Set 15 Sep 2008
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Professionals in the fine art of painting recognize that the Munsell color system is the standard and best method for identifying and articulating color without using meaningless silly descriptions like "fire engine red." By learning the numeric method of describing color by Hue/Chroma/Value the artist will discover how Munsell has established a universal language for color that all artists can readily understand and duplicate. Learn how easily it is to mix a color using this color formula, and then accurately remix that same color again and again flawlessly.

The Munsell Student Set is an inexpensive, good place to start a serious study of color theory. While the construction of color charts (charts and tiny color chips provided) are instructive in themselves and the charts as a great source of color reference for mixing paint, the exercises also help to aid the student in learning to identify values, understand chroma and hues which is especially essential in painting realistically; it also trains the student artist in how colors influence and intensify each other when placed beside or in proximity to each other. Learn also the principle for how colors can be easily harmonized in a painting.

I recommend this set as a good reference and a basis for developing color theory; money is well spent and affordable. A must for the student painter who desires to develop professionally as an artist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Munsell Student Color Set 10 Jan 2011
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This book teaches all there is to know about colors and the Munsell system. As an artist, I need to understand thoroughly about the use of colors. This is a great tool for anyone who is serious about this difficult but fascinating subject. The chips are a bit small to work with. But it's like having fun with finger-painting and learning at the same time. And you don't even get your finger dirty!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for painters. 20 April 2014
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I really love this book. Super helpful in learning about color. I would recommend it to anyone trying to understand how color works.
5.0 out of 5 stars you can learn so much 22 Dec 2013
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you can learn so much…more if you take a class specifically using this colour methodology…but it will help you greatly.
But more importantly…I would recommend James Gurneys books on using colour to great effect. and his excellent blog. He does talk about munsell colour theory to great effect. Tons of info out there. But you only learn but working at it, and mixing lots of paint…Not by just buying the book and putting it on your self. Do the work….It is a lifetime of learning…Yes…a lifetime. As you will go forward, then back, then a bit further ahead and so on…but you learn by painting and looking and mixing paint…under colour balanced lights…Cannot stress that enough …good balanced 5200 degrees Kelvin….L.E.D. lights emit a most constant light output…expensive…but colour is constant…then they fail. Whereas fluorescents…are good for about 5o% of their life and then they change in output…frustrating.
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