1. Explore the major color principles used by artists and designers.
2. Use a variety of artmaking tools and media, including water soluble
pigments and collage, to graphically express color concepts.
3. Develop a working vocabulary of color terms and a first-hand under-
standing of their meanings.
4. Employ creative thinking skills (non verbal and abstract forms of
thought) and exercise decision-making skills (aesthetic judgements)
inherent to the visual arts.
5. Develop visual perception skills to recognize color, pattern and forms
found in nature and the man-made environment and incorporate them as
sources for visual imagery.
6. Examine cultural and historical uses of color to gain a greater appre-
ciation of art and its relationship to today's art.
7. Practice aesthetic criticism and analysis of form by participation in
class critiques of artwork.
1. Apply subtractive color mixing principles by using a limited color
palette consisting of the three primary system.
2. Create studies which demonstrate the three main properties of color--
hue, value, and saturation.
3. Diagram the ordered relationships of color by construction of a color
wheel, value scale, and graduated studies showing mixtures of tints,
shades, and tones.
4. Produce a series of original designs which investigate the major
principles of color harmony---monochrome, analogous, triad,
complements, and split-complements.
5. Investigate the spatial effects of color including aerial perspective
and demonstrate how color may appear to advance and recede.
6. Explore the haptic sensations of warm and cool as well as synesthesia
associations (taste, smell, sound, feel) related to color.
7. Execute a series of color studies, based on the teachings of Josef
Albers, which demonstrate the relativity and interaction of color
simultaneous contrast and subtraction principles.
8. Analyze the work of George Seurat, and the color theory of other
pointillists, and then execute color study applying optical color
9. Compare paintings of the French Fauves and the German Expressionists
and create original color studies which explore the emotional and
psychological properties of color.
10. After examining the work of several artists who are important for
their unique use of color, create an interpretive "homage". Artists
may include Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Klee, Avery, Rothko
Various color mixing exercises which explore major principles of color
1. Color wheel
2. Gray Scale
3. Tints, Tones, Shades
4. Hue, Value, Saturation
5. Color Harmony
6. Optical Color Mixing
7. Spatial Aspects of Color
8. Color Relativity/Color Interaction
10. Symbolism, Association
11. Expression and Emotional Qualities
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
0 - 0%
|This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
40 - 60%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
|Class performances, Portfolio||
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
0 - 0%
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 30%
|A portfolio of completed work will be major basis for course grade. Other factors: attendance, effort, growth, and class participation.||
Principles of Color by Farber Birren (recommended)