LIGHT COLOR and DESIGN- Pratt Munson Williams and Proctor Art Institute

In Light, Color and Design Lab the student is immersed in the experience of light, sensitized to color and its attributes, and familiarized with the elements, principles, and process of design. Through a series of cumulative and interwoven exercises, students explore how color and design are interlinked and apply this understanding to projects in a wide range of media. Skills and concepts mastered in this semester allow students to conceive and create work that applies color and design with purpose. 

Line Variation   This assignment studies the use of horizontal/vertical, curvilinear, and diagonal lines in three separate compositions. Students are asked to explore variation in line quality with careful consideration of design.  Black Construction Paper on Paper

Line Variation

This assignment studies the use of horizontal/vertical, curvilinear, and diagonal lines in three separate compositions. Students are asked to explore variation in line quality with careful consideration of design.

Black Construction Paper on Paper

Exercise- Positive Dominance, Negative Dominance, Figure Ground Interchange   Students are asked to design nine compositions that study positive dominance, negative dominance, and figure ground interchange. Each row must use repetition of a similar shape throughout to properly display the difference in dominance.

Exercise- Positive Dominance, Negative Dominance, Figure Ground Interchange

Students are asked to design nine compositions that study positive dominance, negative dominance, and figure ground interchange. Each row must use repetition of a similar shape throughout to properly display the difference in dominance.

Positive and Negative Space   The goal of this assignment is for students to clearly visualize positive and negative space on a two dimensional plain. Students divide the composition symmetrically and begin with a line drawing of the still life. On on side students will observe positive space by drawing objects with attention to value on a white background. The remaining side of the drawing will filter out the positive and negative space of the still life, using black as background and white as shape.  Graphite and Acrylic on Paper

Positive and Negative Space

The goal of this assignment is for students to clearly visualize positive and negative space on a two dimensional plain. Students divide the composition symmetrically and begin with a line drawing of the still life. On on side students will observe positive space by drawing objects with attention to value on a white background. The remaining side of the drawing will filter out the positive and negative space of the still life, using black as background and white as shape.

Graphite and Acrylic on Paper

Positive and Negative Space

Positive and Negative Space

Value Interchange Assignment   Students create three repeated compositions made with organic shape. The goal is to create three entirely different paintings by experimenting with value. Although the compositions are the same, we note that value drastically changes how the viewer reads a work of art.  Acrylic on Paper

Value Interchange Assignment

Students create three repeated compositions made with organic shape. The goal is to create three entirely different paintings by experimenting with value. Although the compositions are the same, we note that value drastically changes how the viewer reads a work of art.

Acrylic on Paper

Masters Copy Midterm   Students choose a representational painter to copy n three parts. Utilizing a grid, students study line, value, and color. The line copy allows students to focus on the artists overall composition. The value copy asks students to study subtractive mixing and the artists full tonal range. The final color copy allows students to practice color mixing while noting the imperative relationship between color and value.  Graphite and Acrylic on Paper

Masters Copy Midterm

Students choose a representational painter to copy n three parts. Utilizing a grid, students study line, value, and color. The line copy allows students to focus on the artists overall composition. The value copy asks students to study subtractive mixing and the artists full tonal range. The final color copy allows students to practice color mixing while noting the imperative relationship between color and value.

Graphite and Acrylic on Paper

MASTERS COPY

MASTERS COPY

Color Harmony   After completion of a color wheel, students explore Dyad, Triad, and Tetrad color wheel harmonies. A major goal in this assignment is including variation on Hue, Value and Chroma. Students should also utilize repetition within the composition. For this assignment students may choose to work abstract or graphic in nature.  Acrylic on Paper

Color Harmony

After completion of a color wheel, students explore Dyad, Triad, and Tetrad color wheel harmonies. A major goal in this assignment is including variation on Hue, Value and Chroma. Students should also utilize repetition within the composition. For this assignment students may choose to work abstract or graphic in nature.

Acrylic on Paper

Color Harmony   Acrylic on Paper

Color Harmony

Acrylic on Paper

Color Vibration-Self Portrait   This project studies the use of color opposites on the color wheel. Creating a self-portrait, students discover optical vibration by placing two color opposites of high intensity next to one another. Students are encouraged to find other means of optical vibration beside the use of color opposites. Such as, two colors that are close in value.  Acrylic on Paper

Color Vibration-Self Portrait

This project studies the use of color opposites on the color wheel. Creating a self-portrait, students discover optical vibration by placing two color opposites of high intensity next to one another. Students are encouraged to find other means of optical vibration beside the use of color opposites. Such as, two colors that are close in value.

Acrylic on Paper

Color Neutrality- Self Portrait   This project continues the study of color opposites on the color wheel. Creating another self portrait students will discover what happens when two color opposites are mixed together, creating a neutral color. Students will use color neutrality to subdue intensity of color and learn to mix skin tones.  Acrylic on Paper

Color Neutrality- Self Portrait

This project continues the study of color opposites on the color wheel. Creating another self portrait students will discover what happens when two color opposites are mixed together, creating a neutral color. Students will use color neutrality to subdue intensity of color and learn to mix skin tones.

Acrylic on Paper

Colors Mode of Appearance- Surface, Film, Bulky   Students are asked to paint three separate still lives that distinguish between a Colors Mode of Appearance. From left to right student studies surface color, film color, and bulky color.

Colors Mode of Appearance- Surface, Film, Bulky

Students are asked to paint three separate still lives that distinguish between a Colors Mode of Appearance. From left to right student studies surface color, film color, and bulky color.

Colors Modes of Appearance- Transparency and Translucency   Students create three small collages using found images and transparent/translucent paper. The goal is to use the collage as a reference for small paintings studying mode of appearance. The first image examines transparent color using middle mixture, the second image studies translucency existing on casted shadow, and the third painting examines translucency.  Acrylic on Paper

Colors Modes of Appearance- Transparency and Translucency

Students create three small collages using found images and transparent/translucent paper. The goal is to use the collage as a reference for small paintings studying mode of appearance. The first image examines transparent color using middle mixture, the second image studies translucency existing on casted shadow, and the third painting examines translucency.

Acrylic on Paper

Modes of Appearance- Transparency, Surface Color, and Translucent Color   Acrylic on Paper

Modes of Appearance- Transparency, Surface Color, and Translucent Color

Acrylic on Paper

Digital Appropriation   Sometimes a desired design or composition can not be created by working from life or a photograph. In this assignment, Students will use digital tools to manipulate or to create a collage using found images. Students will utilize the collage as a reference for a final painting. The goal of this assignment is two parts: The first is to design a composition that relies digital techniques as a reference. The second is to create a painting from the appropriated imagery, replicating color with special attention to the color’s Hue, Value, and Chroma.  Acrylic on Paper

Digital Appropriation

Sometimes a desired design or composition can not be created by working from life or a photograph. In this assignment, Students will use digital tools to manipulate or to create a collage using found images. Students will utilize the collage as a reference for a final painting. The goal of this assignment is two parts: The first is to design a composition that relies digital techniques as a reference. The second is to create a painting from the appropriated imagery, replicating color with special attention to the color’s Hue, Value, and Chroma.

Acrylic on Paper

Digital Appropriation

Digital Appropriation

Digital Appropriation

Digital Appropriation

Optical Mixture   This project studies the effects of color when it is no longer physically mixed, but rather when two or more colors are placed next to one another to create optical mixing. At a distance, the human eye will optically make colors blend together. This project will look to artist Chuck Close, who uses both optical mixture and a grid to complete his portraits of people.  Acrylic on Panel

Optical Mixture

This project studies the effects of color when it is no longer physically mixed, but rather when two or more colors are placed next to one another to create optical mixing. At a distance, the human eye will optically make colors blend together. This project will look to artist Chuck Close, who uses both optical mixture and a grid to complete his portraits of people.

Acrylic on Panel

Final   Students are asked to propose three ideas for a final. Though the project is open ended, I ask the students to explore content that reflect upon their life experiences, or a topic they are passionate about. Often times this leads to powerful work reflecting on community, family, culture, politics, race, ethnicity, gender, and identity.  -”As an international student, I want to share South Korea’s traditions and culture and interpret that into art. Being influenced by the ancient temple architectures and designs, I would like to demonstrate a piece with intricate patterns and vivid colors that reflect Korea’s unique artistic style.”  Acrylic on Paper

Final

Students are asked to propose three ideas for a final. Though the project is open ended, I ask the students to explore content that reflect upon their life experiences, or a topic they are passionate about. Often times this leads to powerful work reflecting on community, family, culture, politics, race, ethnicity, gender, and identity.

-”As an international student, I want to share South Korea’s traditions and culture and interpret that into art. Being influenced by the ancient temple architectures and designs, I would like to demonstrate a piece with intricate patterns and vivid colors that reflect Korea’s unique artistic style.”

Acrylic on Paper

Final   Student designed a project that reflected upon his experiences celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. Abstract in design, he was influenced by the shape of the  cempasuchitl  as seen in the yellow wire. The abstract pink shapes behind the wire mimic the flowers petals of the  cempasuchitl , which are believed to help guide the dead back home.  Wire on Digital Print

Final

Student designed a project that reflected upon his experiences celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. Abstract in design, he was influenced by the shape of the cempasuchitl as seen in the yellow wire. The abstract pink shapes behind the wire mimic the flowers petals of the cempasuchitl, which are believed to help guide the dead back home.

Wire on Digital Print

Final   “Home isn’t just a place to live, sometimes it’s just people you love or your favorite foods. For me it’s the little things like my dog, moms cooking, or even laughter. I’m a long way from home.”  Acrylic on Paper

Final

“Home isn’t just a place to live, sometimes it’s just people you love or your favorite foods. For me it’s the little things like my dog, moms cooking, or even laughter. I’m a long way from home.”

Acrylic on Paper

Final   Student made a mixed media sculpture of hands play cats in the cradle. She was exploring the dichotomy between interconnectivity and fragility that exists in the universe.  Plaster, String, and Moss

Final

Student made a mixed media sculpture of hands play cats in the cradle. She was exploring the dichotomy between interconnectivity and fragility that exists in the universe.

Plaster, String, and Moss

Final   “I made a piece about what it means to be "hafu." That's what biracial people like me are called in Japan. I want to show what it feels like growing up biracial in such a homogeneous society like Japan.“  Acrylic on Canvas

Final

“I made a piece about what it means to be "hafu." That's what biracial people like me are called in Japan. I want to show what it feels like growing up biracial in such a homogeneous society like Japan.“

Acrylic on Canvas

Final   Student made a fiber artwork wall hanging. She made this work to honor a loved one who passed away; recreating a memory of tradition when they would crochet together.  Crocheted Yarn and Fishline

Final

Student made a fiber artwork wall hanging. She made this work to honor a loved one who passed away; recreating a memory of tradition when they would crochet together.

Crocheted Yarn and Fishline

Final   “Being Mexican in heritage, I am interested in capturing diversity on Campus. I want to photograph other students creating a series portraits to celebrate diversity. “  Acrylic on Black and White Photography

Final

“Being Mexican in heritage, I am interested in capturing diversity on Campus. I want to photograph other students creating a series portraits to celebrate diversity. “

Acrylic on Black and White Photography

Final   Politically charged artwork, Venezuelan student makes commentary on the killing of Óscar Alberto Pérez by the Venezuelan government.  Digital Print and Acrylic on Paper

Final

Politically charged artwork, Venezuelan student makes commentary on the killing of Óscar Alberto Pérez by the Venezuelan government.

Digital Print and Acrylic on Paper

Final   Student reclaims her body as her own, as she creates a new wave feminist inspired artwork. Studying the style of Barbra Kruger, the student pushes back against who tells her what and what not to do with her body.  Photo collage and Acrylic on Paper

Final

Student reclaims her body as her own, as she creates a new wave feminist inspired artwork. Studying the style of Barbra Kruger, the student pushes back against who tells her what and what not to do with her body.

Photo collage and Acrylic on Paper