Introduction to Color Theory: A Workshop

Introduction to Color Theory A Workshop class in New York

Introduction to Color Theory: A Workshop

Cost: $450.00

Painters, graphic and fashion designers, decorators, anyone working in the visual realm professionally or for fun knows that color knowledge is a vital part of the process. Some color choices made on the basis of “I just like the way it looks” can be very successful, but an understanding and knowledge of the dimensions of color and how it works can put you in control of results you want. Through painting and cut paper exercises, students learn the perceptual properties of color: hue, intensity, chroma and value.

We will discuss the different color systems such as RGB, CMYK and the standard painter’s color wheel. Discover how color affects mood, creates depth, rhythm and movement in painting, fashion, environment or artifact. The course considers theory and science of color perception from Renaissance painters, 18th-century explorations of Newton and Goethe, through the impressionists and significant contributions of Bauhaus theorists like Johannes Itten and Joseph Albers. Student projects examine the shifting relationships of color perception. The course also covers the limitations of pigments, the pitfalls of color mixing and an intelligent strategy for choosing which colors to buy to get a complete palette.

Additional Information:
Please bring a $15 materials fee, payable to the instructor, to the first class.

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Meets Weekly: Saturdays, 11:00AM - 2:00PM

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Course Code: 117580

Instructor(s): Judith Simonian

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