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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (CCAD)
Color Across Media: Symbolism and Science
Color: Symbolism and Science
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How artists have used color has changed enormously over the last century. This course will examine the main theories which they employed, experimented with, and what they abandoned, as well as some of the science involved. We will study several approaches to color, from traditional views about its spiritual aspects, symbolism and scientific properties of specific colors, including both subtractive (physical) and additive (light) color, to Postmodern practices of chance, systems, cultural contexts and commercial color charts. These approaches will be studied by a variety of means, from photo expeditions, to extensive paint mixing, to computer exercises, to experiments in chance. Studies will include color in cultural contexts; color as mood, temperature, value and space; chromatic gray; color interaction, and some paint-by-number games. Basic familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is helpful.

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