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ARTDES 275 .3


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 0
Instructor(s): Van Voorhis, Cathy
Schedule: MonWed 5:30p-7:45p
Modality: In-person


Fall 2021

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 OF OFFER­ING: 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.
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