By popular demand, Dick Nelson is offering two classes this fall, Art History and Color Relationships 1.
Learn art history the fun way, with Dick Nelson!
Are you someone who loves looking at certain kinds of art and can’t stand others? Are you an artist looking for ways to make your work even stronger? Both artists and non-artists can benefit from understanding art history. In a fun, interactive environment, you’ll develop an intuitive sense of eras in art history. You’ll gain a framework for categorizing Western art from visual clues, and learn how an artist’s culture and worldview influences their art. Artists will become aware of more options for expressing their vision powerfully and consistently. Non-artists will discover why some art resonates with them while some leaves them cold.
Dick Nelson is offering his nine-week Art History class this fall. This class does NOT involve dry memorization of names and dates! The format includes an interactive game, illustrated lectures, and discussion. Class will meet for 3 hours weekly for 9 weeks at Dick’s studio in Kula. Expect to spend 1-3 hours on homework outside of class each week. Digital handouts will be provided, and you must have access to the internet.
The meeting day will be chosen to accommodate the most students who express a serious interest. A minimum enrollment of 8 students is required to hold the class, and up to 15 can be accommodated. The cost will be $405. The time frame is roughly mid-September through mid-November, to be firmed up by September 2 based on your input to our scheduling survey.
Color Relationships 1: Fundamentals and Color Deception
“You’ll never see the world the same way again!” This is a common comment from past students in Dick’s color classes. A color can appear very different depending on the color environment surrounding it. All artists experience this critical phenomenon, but few fully understand or exploit it. It’s all about RELATIONSHIPS. This can be maddening, when colors don’t work together as intended, or magical, when colors relate to set a mood, create a luminous effect or convey a convincing illusion. This course offers tools and insight for any artist or designer working with color in visual or physical media.
This intensive five-week color course is based on and extends Josef Albers’ “Interaction of Color” graduate course at Yale. You will be exposed to a level of color understanding few ever know or experience. Our mission is to provide a learning atmosphere of trial and error, in which the interaction of color is discovered through a series of student-produced studies. This is not about creating art, but rather developing a grounding in how colors work in relationship with one another.
Class will meet for 3 hours weekly for 5 weeks at Dick’s studio in Kula. Students can expect to spend at least 3 hours weekly outside of class creating assigned color studies in Adobe Illustrator or equivalent program. Almost half of the class time is devoted to critique. Digital handouts will be provided, and you must have access to the internet.
The meeting day will be chosen to accommodate the most students who express a serious interest. A minimum enrollment of 8 students is required to hold the class, and up to 10 can be accommodated. The cost will be $225. The time frame will be between mid-September and mid-November, to be firmed up by September 2 based on your input to our scheduling survey.
Dick last taught Color Relationships in the fall of 2013 as a a demanding, fast-paced eleven-week course. He’s decided to try breaking up the content in order to make it more accessible. The course being offered this fall requires access to Adobe Illustrator or an equivalent program. It will be a prerequisite to any future Color Relationships courses. For more detail on course content and format see the Color Relationships 2013 posts on this website.
What do people say about Dick’s classes?
I see color through a new set of eyes.
Dick Nelson is the best teacher I have ever had.
Dick Nelson’s classes took me from visual illiteracy to artistic vision. He taught me how to see.