Course description – 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.
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.
Schedule and cost: Class will meet for 3 hours weekly for 5 weeks on Tuesday mornings, 9 am – noon, on July 28, August 4, 11, 18, and 25 at Dick’s studio in Kula. The tuition fee is $235. This class has already occurred.
Class materials and homework assignments
Week 1, July 28
View homework submitted for Assignment 1: Make one color appear as two (or three colors look like four)
Week 2, August 4
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, August 11
Class materials and homework assignments from 2014 Week 3 | Week 4
View homework submitted for Assignment 4: Transpose colors of equal value
Week 4, August 18
View homework submitted for Assignment 5: Vanishing boundaries
Week 5, August 25