COLOR (ART 2243)
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Color, 3 hours credit. Exploration and analysis of color. Laboratory
9 hours per week.
This is a studio foundation course in which the student will explore the nature
of color, the uses of color and will develop an understanding of color as a
vital element in design. The material will be covered in lectures, demonstrations,
class discussions (critique), and specific text reading assignments, as well
as computer aided applications.
LECTURES / ASSIGNMENTS:
Color will be studied with emphasis on the following:
- Color Theorists
- Color Theory and Concepts
- Artists use of color visually, expressively and constructively
- Interaction of Colors - (Color Match Paper, and Alber's studies)
- Color and Painting - Color Mixing, Techniques and Materials
- Spatial Effects of Color - (Gouache, Watercolors, pastels)
- Colors and special topics (color & nature, psychology, symbolism, expression)
- Color Basics (Physics of light, additive color relationships, pigment colors)
- Compositional effects of color
- The Twelve -part Color Circle
- The seven Color contrasts (Hue, Light / Dark, Cold. Warm, Complementary
Contrast, Simultaneous Contrast, Saturation, Extension)
- The Color Spliere - three dimensional color model
- Color Harmony / Schemes
- Color Agent,and Color Effect
- Color Relativity
- Value and Intensity of Color - exercises
- Neutrals - exercise
- Subjective use of Color - Subjective Timbre
- Color Saturation - Degree of Purity
- Dull - Vivid Contrast Luminosity of Color
- Color Intervals - exercises
- relationships between design and content
- design components and vocabulary analysis of art works
- documentation of creative process - perceptual awareness, recording
of data, idea
- criteria pertinent to the classification of forms as visual fine art
Zelanski, Paul & Fisher, Mary Pat, Color, Prentice-Hall, Inc. New Jersey,
Itten, Johannes, The Elements of Color, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., NY,
Albers, Joeseph, Interaction of Color, Yale Press.
Wong, Wucius, Principles of Color Design.
- colored areas from magazines, junk mail, etc.
- fabrics, interesting textured papers, -boards, fibers (for mixed media).
- One set of COLOR MATCH design papers - 6" x 9" or 3" x 4" Pack (class order
later in semester)
You are required to:
- Keep a color notebook containing all class notes, related information,
personal ideas about the utilization of color. All colorplate assignment criteria
should be recorded in this notebook and all class handouts included. To be
evaluated along with Colorplate Portfolio at mid-term and the end of the semester.
- Be prompt to class for lecture arid slide presentations (at first
- Meet your deadlines for each color plate assignment.
- Assemble a portfolio of all colorplate assignments with coversheet
and analysis for each individual color problem. To be evaluated at mid-semester
and end of the semester.
- Participate in all critiques (written and verbal).
- Complete all written vocabulary tests arid theory final exam.
You will be graded on the following:
- Color notebook/ sketchbook
- Portfolio of color problems
- In-class assignments & homework assignments
- Written & verbal formal analysis of works of art (emphasis on color concepts)
- Vocabulary tests & theory final exam - slide analysis.
SPEcifiC GOALS AND EVALUATION CRITERIA:
- Presentation of each color problem (according to specific criteria provided)
and technical expertise will be carefully considered for individual and overall
color problem evaluation.
- Creative use of media is an important criteria for applied assignments.
- Design in relation to content will be considered for applied assignments.
- Observation and media skills in creating realism will be emphasized.
- Abstraction and stylization techniques will be considered.
- Using a journal In the creative process, perceptual awareness and recording
of data should be demonstrated throughout this course.
- Synthesis of ideas in formulating concept and continuity between concept
and design should be developed.
Low grades are influenced by the following factors:
- Late arrivals (DO NOT BE LATE) and early departures
- Late/ incomplete assignments
- Low motivation / personal progress
- Non-participation in class critiques
Attendance is of utmost importance due to the extensive assignments and nature
of the material which will be presented and discussed in class. Excessive absences
(more than 3) will effect your semester grade.
MATERIALS FOR COLOR COURSE:
The following list of materials are available through Hobby Lobby or various
art supply catalogs (i.e., Utrecht, Dick Blick, etc.) Utrecht's number is 1-800-352-4638.
Dick Blick's number is 1-800-447-8192.
- 2" or 2" 3 ring black binder with paper and plastic top-loadiilg inserts
- Illustration board - (single thickness)
- 1 - Hot Press - Crescent (30"x4O")
- 1 - Cold Press - Crescent (30"x4O")
- *Gouache-Windsor Newton - hues, primary red, primary blue, primary yellow,
ivory black, zinc white (2 tubes of each). Later you'll need more yellow.
The Gouache is expensive--compare prices--and purchase this ASAP. You'll
need it the 2nd day of class!
- Air Tight Palette - "Paint Keeper" (24 well) - A MUST!
- Watercolor brushes (5 sizes) #2, #4, #6, #8, #10 round and pointed
- Plastic sleeves (zip lock) 11 "x 14" to submit work
- Exacto knife and blades, rubber cement, black construction paper (12"x I
- Aluminum ruler - 18", compass, triangle, protractor
- Pencils, (H, 2H, 4H) or mechanical pencils and kneaded eraser
- Tracing paper (roll or pad) 11 "x 14" (for color plates)
- Friskfilm by Frisk Graphic Art materials 10"x 15" (10 sheets per package)
- Portfolio - (11 "x 14") "Flip-n-tell" display book easel, black vinyl
- Brush basin, drafting brush, dry clearing pad (optional)
- Ruling pen - optional
Other (as needed later):
- Acrylic paints - spectral hues, list to follow, (beginner packs are great)
- Gouache Full Palette - for later in semester, see list of secondary and
- Watercolors, inks, pastels, oil pastels, will be used later in the semester
for various appiieo problems and mixed media assignments
- Reeves BFK paper and watercolor paper as needed later