Color is the most abstract, expressive, and sensuous aspect in art, and exerting real control over its ephemeral properties can be difficult without a framework and criteria for its effective use. Drawing upon the great color theory texts by Albers, Itten, Munsell, Chevreul, and many others, this course offers an intensive survey into methods of grouping, organizing, and mixing color. While fairly technical in nature, the skills learned offer the possibility for heightened aesthetic and emotional expression. Prerequisites: none.
Course Length - Online 9 weeks
- The different aspects of color: what color is and its different properties, and how to train your eyes to analyze these properties accurately.
- The different means to use color in design: how colors interact with each other, and color transparency.
- How to apply different color schemes.
- Understand the different properties of color, and develop the ability to gauge these properties accurately.
- Learn to organize these properties cohesively, and to understand their interrelationship, through the Munsell Color System.
- Explore the different aesthetic and creative dimensions of color.
- Learn to set up and execute different color schemes, understand their visual properties, and to use them effectively in your own work.
- Learn how colors appear differently under different contexts and, consequently, how to use different contexts to dictate the appearance of a color.
- Learn the practical applications of what we learned in class by examining various art works.