Color Relationships 1, Spring 2016

Whether we call ourselves colorists or at least folks who recognize the importance of color in visual perception, there’s almost a 99.9% chance that this color course will open our eyes to a world of color we never knew. So if our egos, time and energy can handle the challenge, this is a program which will replace color mystery with color mastery. ~ Dick Nelson

Course description – Color Relationships 1, Fundamentals and Color Deception

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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.

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.

Students can expect to spend at least 3 hours weekly outside of class creating assigned color studies with Color-Aid paper, or 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.

Schedule and cost: Class will meet for 3 hours weekly for 5 weeks on Wednesday mornings, 9 am – noon, on April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 3 at Dick’s studio in Kula. The tuition fee is $300.

Supply list – If you are not using Adobe Illustrator
Color-Aid paper, 314 color set, 3″x4.5″ or larger
Metal ruler approximately 12″ or larger
X-acto knife with sharp pointed blades
Scissors
Rubber cement
Scrap mat board or neutral gray chipboard, illustration board, or bristol board (to be cut to size for mounting studies)
You may already have some of these, and the rest should be easy to find locally.

You’ll never see the world the same way again! ~ Past students

View a summary from each week of the 2015 class, the 2014 class, or the first few weeks of the 2013 class.

Class materials and homework assignments

Week 1, April 6

Week 1 class materials and homework assignment – From this class | From 2015 | From 2014

View homework submitted for Assignment 1: Make one color appear as two (or three colors look like four)

Week 2, April 13

Week 2 class materials and homework assignment – From this class | From 2015
Class materials and homework assignments from 2014 Week 2 | Week 3

View homework submitted for Assignment 2: Make three colors appear as two, or reversed grounds

View homework submitted for Assignment 3: Make four colors appear as three

Week 3, April 20

Week 3 class materials and homework assignment – From this class | From 2015
Class materials and homework assignments from 2014 Week 3 | Week 4

View homework submitted for Assignment 4: Transpose colors of equal value

Week 4, April 27

Week 4 class materials and homework assignment – From this class | From 2015 | From 2014

View homework submitted for Assignment 5: Vanishing boundaries

Week 5, May 3

Week 5 class summary and materials – From this class