I had the recent pleasure of visiting instructor Maureen Lauran’s class, Color Theory. This class is offered by The Smithsonian Associates and combines the study of different color relationships with visual perception. View some of the activities that go on in the class!
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. A list of supplies is mailed prior to the start of class.
Course dates are Mon., Oct. 18—Nov. 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m. (6 sessions)
$190 for Resident Members, $236 for General Admission
You can sign up for this colorful class HERE!