Scheduled Dates

4/25/2020   10:00 AM  05:00 PM
4/26/2020   10:00 AM  05:00 PM

Introduction to Color Theory: A Workshop

Dates: 4/25/2020 to 4/26/2020
Schedule: Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Located in : 41 Cooper Square, 901
Instructor: Eric Hibit

Regular Student: $330.00

In the mid- 20th century, two influential artists, Johannes Itten and
Joseph Albers, independently developed courses for teaching color
theory. Eventually, they went on to publish books on the subject that
continue to profoundly influence artists and art students today. Their
teachings are practical guidance to seeing and understanding visual
effects. In his book “The Interaction of Color” Albers wrote “In visual
perception a color is almost never seen as it really is – as it
physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in
art.” In his book "The Elements of Color", Itten introduces 7 possible
color contrasts: "each is unique in character and artistic value, in
visual, expressive, and symbolic effect; and together they constitute
the fundamental resource of color design". 

On Day 1 (Saturday) students explore fundamental color
interactions outlined by Albers. These exercises demonstrate in
spectacular ways how changeable our perception of color truly is. On Day
2 (Sunday) students do projects that are based on Itten's theory of
color contrast which examine the subjective nature of hot/cool,
near/far, and complimentary color. In these two days of color study,
students are introduced to important concepts and techniques that will
support virtually all art-making and design work that involves color.
Student's ability to perceive, identify, and mix colors with paint will
be sharpened. 


Students work with Color-Aid paper and other collage materials which
allow for fast testing and sketching with color. This workshop involves a
lot of careful looking, searching and comparing. The practice raises
awareness and sharpen students’ perception of color in a way that
changes and elevates their approach to working with color. Over the two
days, students create a number of color collages that deal with specific
color phenomenon.

This class is open to students with all levels of experience in fine
arts, design, fashion, architecture, and just about any field where
making decisions about color is key. This class is open to students who
have an intense curiosity about color, concentration, and the drive to
problem-solve in a hands-on, workshop environment.

Additional Information

Required Materials

  • Color Aid Paper 3" x 4.5" pack of 314 colors
  • Glue Stick
  • 8 1/2" x 12" self-healing cutting mat
  • #1 X-acto knife set w/replacement blades
  • 1 pad 9" x 12" Bristol smooth surface (15 sheets)
  • 12" metal non-slip ruler
  • 6H pencil

Age Range:  18  -  & UP