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Color Theory

8-Session Evening Course

Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)
Code: 1K00QU

With an understanding of color concepts and relationships, you can use color to evoke subtle as well as overwhelming sensations in a viewer. Knowledge of color theory benefits people in a variety of professions, ranging from artists selecting color for their work to designers seeking to add impact to their message to interior designers coordinating fabrics and paints for homes.

Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation, students learn about the color wheel, the Munsell color chart, and the attributes of value, chroma, and hue. Participants then use these ideas in working with tonal contrast and patterning, and also begin to explore color temperature and complementary color effects and harmonies. Students use acrylic paints to mix and create colors, and also experiment with magazine clippings and colored papers, to develop sensitivity to color qualities and color movement in shaping composition.

This course is open to students of all levels. No drawing or painting experience is required.

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Instructor: Daniel Riesmeyer

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each (no class Nov. 11)

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3040
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)