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Interaction of Color IN-PERSON THURSDAY EVENING begins 9.22

$378.00

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COVID STATEMENT
Seattle Artist League is a community. In order to protect our community, we require that all who enter the school are masked and remain masked for their stay.

This is an IN-PERSON adult class at our new location: 5516 4th Ave South, in Georgetown.

Josef Albers’ The Interaction of Color

  • Teacher: Ruthie V.
  • Class Length: 8 weeks
  • Class Days: Thursday, beginning September 22
  • Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Course Description

Josef Albers didn’t invent color theory in the 1930s, he found a way to teach it. Albers believed that studying color theory by learning wheels and systems were not practical for the artist. As he wrote in Interaction of Color:

In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is—as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually. To this end, the beginning is not a study of color systems.

In place of systems, Albers developed an “experimental way of studying color and teaching color,” a method based on the idea that only by observing color in the push and tug and pull of context can one begin to understand the nature of color. His color course comprised a sequence of simple exercises, each of which isolated some aspect of color interaction so as to observe that interaction carefully. As presented in the course, these exercises were essentially challenges: Can you get these colors to do this? Can you find the colors that will do that? Although Albers characterized color as “passive,” “deceptive,” and “unstable,” he recognized that its behavior was, to some extent, predictable. His exercises therefore focused on color in specific contexts, showing that if you put color A next to color B, or these colors next to those, you could anticipate certain results. Moving from simple to complex, with many exercises exploring the ramifications of a previous one, the course awakened the students to the quirks and variables of color behavior. The course was not a fixed body of color wisdom, but rather an ongoing inquiry in which solutions were not conclusions, but steps on an endless path.

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Seattle Artist League is a community. In order to protect our community, we require that all who enter the school are masked and remain masked for their stay.

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