Course Description

IN PERSON: Creating a specific color from scratch can be one of the biggest challenges and rewards of making art. In this active learning and lecture course, students will gain foundational skills that enable them to create and replicate the colors they encounter in art and in the world. They will experiment with color interactions using acrylic paint on paper to show how colors interact when they are placed close together and how our eyes perceive the resulting color visually. This color interaction happens with paint, paper, fiber and objects we see daily. Artists of any level (novice to expert) using any medium will gain insight into how colors interact to help them choose, mix and/or juxtapose colors in their work. At the end of the course, students will be able to use color as a tool in the work they create and will experience a deepened appreciation in their encounters with work made by others. | Active Skill Learning.

Max enrollment: 12.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Foundations of Color
Classroom - In Person
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Jan 31, 2023 to Mar 28, 2023
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Classroom - In Person  
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Section Notes

Many activities we do in class are included in Albers' book. However, students may choose to purchase their own copies in order to take advantage of additional exercises

Required supplies/fee: To complete the activities in this class, students will need several (7) small tubes of acrylic paint, at least 2 brushes, a palette knife, and illustration board or heavy-weight paper. Students will purchase materials independently for an estimated cost of $100. For additional information on supplies, please see the course details at learnmore.duke.edu/olli.

Recommended reading:
Josef Albers, "Interaction of Color" (9781464189784)

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