Monday, July 1, 2019
New Class on Color!
I start a new class this week - on www.academyofquilting.com - on Color!!
Everybody loves color, everyone is seduced by it....everybody uses it...and a lot of people have trouble with it. I remember one of my Dad's aphorisms (he was a mountain of walking aphorisms!!) was "Fire is a good servant but a poor master". Well the same could be said of color: a good servant, but a poor master. Used well and your artwork is stunning, evocative, inspiring and satisfying. Used badly and it destroys the art work...it dies in a blaze of meaningless color! or withers for lack of it...
So when my boss suggested I write a color course, I was immediately energized...filled with ideas on how to help people understand and use color in their work much more effectively and meaningfully.
The course covers a wide ranging of topics related to color but without getting into unnecessary technicalities like wavelengths and so on. Nor do I spend a lot of time on dry theory or the history of discoveries...but I do take a general look at how artists and scientists have used and understood color. I think it's helpful to have a little background knowledge.
I examine the different properties of color - for example how to differentiate between the three reds above, how they differ, why they differ and why you might want to use one rather than another.
I explore several ways of deriving good strong beautiful color schemes. How to create illusions and special effects. How to create an atmosphere....
There's a unit on the meaning of colors, and how they affect (or don't!) us psychologically.
Lots of exercises...like the one illustrated below...for I feel the best way to learn is by DOING!
Questions? happy to answer...just email me
elizabethmasterclass AT gmail.com.....or go to the academy for more info.
And, if you have been, thanks for reading!
PS Happy color day!!!