Color Relationships 1, Summer 2015

Course description – Color Relationships 1, Fundamentals and Color Deception

ColorMatrixPyramids“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.

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

Class materials and homework assignments

Week 1, July 28

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

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

Week 2, August 4

Week 2 class materials and homework assignment From this class
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

Week 3 class materials and homework assignment From this class
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

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

View homework submitted for Assignment 5: Vanishing boundaries

Week 5, August 25

Week 5 class summary and materials From this class