Online Color Theory Course
Begins Feb. 10th , 7P.M.

Course Description

This is a 2-hour college level course, meeting once per week, open to continuing education students. Students are given homework and reading assignments. This course serves as an introduction to the principles of color and an exploration of color theory as it relates to traditional and digital design and media. The course investigates hue, saturation, value, and examines how color relates to surroundings. Color temperature and psychology will be explored.

Course Objective:
1) Create harmony and balance using color to emphasize and unify composition and form. 

2) Distinguish between primary, secondary, tertiary, analogous, and complementary colors.

3) Create, classify, distinguish, and differentiate various color palettes.

4) Practice an understanding of the emotional effects of color.

5) Practice control of hue, saturation, value, and color temperature.

6) Differentiate between additive and subtractive mixture of color.

7) Create color compositions using digital media.

8) Color Research. Learn how to research color effectively and apply to composition in painting.

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Materials Needed

  • Oil Paints: Quinacridone Magenta, Cobalt Teal, Hansa Yellow, Titanium White, Venetian Red, Yellow Ochre, Bone Black, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue
  • Sketchpad for notes/sketching
  • Brushes Various Sizes
  • Wax Palette
  • Paper towels
  • Pastel Paper (100lb paper)
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Shellac
  • Foam brush

Example of Course Projects

  • "Abstract Painting Project" - Students create symbols and icons and design a composition on their canvas. Students repeat this image 4 times for a total of 4 separate "abstract" paintings. Students create each painting with a different color scheme: monochrome, analogous, complimentary and triad. The goal is for students to see how different color schemes effect how the painting is interpreted.
  • Color Research Project - Students learn how emotion is connected to color and learn how to research color schemes in the natural environment and online to apply to their own work. 
  • "Automatism"- Students are guided through a meditation session  and asked to create an "automatistic" painting, in other words creating a painting without thought so that you are only guided by your subconscious  relationship to color.  
  • Portrait Painting Project - Students paint the same portrait 3 times. First they use the earth palette, then the chromatic palette and finally the prismatic palette.  Students learn the range of each palette and how to achieve effective flesh tones through temperature changes.
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