Dick Nelson is offering a new class, Design and Color, to begin in January 2017.
It is “A program for those who still wonder…like a child.”
And it is “An eight-week course of study which integrates design and color through an understanding of natural order, the development of problem-solving skills and a series of hands-on creations.”
‘In the beginning…’ a design of such magnitude and relatedness brought us life in an environment of endless variety and unity. This course is for those who wish to be participants of this never-ending evolution of Man’s ability to not only accept the givens, but integrate man-made creations with those of the natural world.
Although much time will be devoted to hands-on designing, such tangible results are of secondary importance to the process by which they were created. In other words, learning to think and act as a visual/tactile designer will be at the core of this curriculum. Materials and techniques will be introduced, more from the dictates of original design concepts than from a reservoir of known examples.
Dick frequently says that artists must be good problem-solvers. This course will provide a framework for approaching any creative problem or situation, and the opportunity to develop those problem-solving skills. The emphasis will be on process over product – learning to think and act as a visual/tactile designer.
If you’ve previously taken classes with Dick, you know you will be challenged and inspired, not only by Dick and the course material and hands-on assignments, but also by the camaraderie of your classmates and the insights arising in objective critique.
For more detail, see the initial syllabus below. The dates are eight Wednesdays, 9-noon, January 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; to be held at Dick’s home studio in Kula. The tuition fee is $480.
This is the first offering of this class in more than ten years – you won’t want to miss it! It is sure to provide inspiration to any creative person.
If you’re interested in this class, contact Karen Bennett directly or use the contact form. Registration details will be available soon, after we have a good read on the level of interest.
Class materials and homework assignments
Week 1, January 4
View homework submitted for Assignment 1: Toothpick module studies
Week 2, January 11
View homework submitted for Assignment 2: Toothpick module exploitation
Week 3, January 18
View homework submitted for Assignment 3: Programmed design: Toothpick module exploitation
Week 4, January 25
View homework submitted for Assignment 4: Modular design, geometric (Point of Entry and Expansion phases)
Week 5, February 1
View homework submitted for Assignment 5: Geometric shape modular design program
Week 6, February 8
View homework submitted for Assignment 6: Exploit geometric shape modular design program
Week 7, February 15
View homework submitted for Assignment 7: Find a design need
Week 8, February 22
Homework submitted for ongoing assignments
View homework submitted for Assignment O-2: On a roll (ongoing assignment)