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Instructor Info:Sara Rafferty
Office Extension x6877
TA Info:Darya Diamond
Justin Norris
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 02:50 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1
12:30 PM - 02:50 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1

This course is a foundational art-making course, an update of a traditional optical color theory course or section in 2D foundations. In addition to the basics of color theory, we will consider the cultural and conceptual meanings of specific colors, and other seemingly neutral design elements such as stripes and patterns. Instead of approaching these subjects from a formal angle of relations, we will investigate how colors can be approached on the level of psychology, anthropology, literature, history, and art history. Projects will consist of physical and conceptual color theory exercises. Readings will include David Batchelor, Lisa Robertson, Herman Melville, Charles Baudelaire, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michael Taussig, Colour after Klein. Students will be expected to make artworks weekly outside of class in addition to reading, approximately 6-8 hours per week, while in class time will be devoted to in class exercises, material demonstrations, artist presentations, critiques, museum visits, and collaborative projects.


You will be required to work approximately 8 hours outside of class per week.

Course Objectives:

•Learn the fundamentals of Bauhaus-based color theory and application

•Beginning materials handling for works on paper, painting, and multimedia artworks

•Investigate expansive notions of color meanings and connotations, including conceptual and cultural color studies

•Develop a critical vocabulary for discussing contemporary and historical issues in art

•Understand artist's processes, methods, and histories

Evaluation Criteria:

•Presence (of mind and body) in class (including punctuality)

•Timely completion of homework assignments

•Participation, which may include: listening to presentations and instruction, being prepared and working in class, sharing ideas, concepts, and creative explorations, conceptual development with other students and group projects, analyzing and offering opinions about work in progress and completed works, and being an active participant during critiques and discussions

•Each individual artist's personal, cumulative trajectory, process, and growth over the semester

•The equivalent of three week's worth of missed classes will result in NO EVALUATION

Additional Info:

Schedule subject to change.

Homework and readings will be conveyed electronically through email and, if preferred, text message.



•Will be provided via the course fee collected

•Additional materials, between approximately $0-100, depending on projects, according to student-designed projects