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ARTDES 275.001, Fall 2023


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: $85
Instructor(s): Van Voorhis, Cathy
Semester: Fall 2023
Schedule: MonWed 11:15a-1:30p
Location: 2023

Prerequisites: ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: ARTDES 115: Studio: 2D, ARTDES 120: Studio: 3D, ARTDES 125: Studio: 4D.

Description: This course is about color properties and the interaction of colors in compositional structures. It forms the basis for art and design work in many media. Drawing skill is not necessary for this course. Students work with non-representational imagery using gouache paint and collage. They study the relativity of color and look at the relationship of color to design, composition, and content. The course teaches basic color concepts including hue, value, saturation, analogous and complementary colors. Students mix colors using paint and do basic exercises to understand muted, chromatic and achromatic grays and saturated colors. They use the color aid papers to work with color interaction, and then both paper and paint to work with color unity, composition, and emotional tone. NOTE: Online sections of this course require students to have Adobe Photoshop version 2019 or higher.

Frequency: This course is typically offered in both the fall and winter terms of every academic year, though scheduling may vary according to future term circumstances.