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21 is a course designed for beginners and does not require
any previous qualifications. The subject of this course is color as
a means of communication.
There are three parts in this course: the first part focuses on developing
fundamental skills in mixing and applying pigments with a brush on
watercolor paper. In addition to painting skills the students will
be introduced to the computer as a tool for working with colors. The
combination of painting and software will be the predominant way of
presenting ideas regarding color. The first part is devised to develop
and construct the pre-theoretical skills necessary as a foundation
for understanding and investigating color theories.
The second part of the course focuses on two major color theories.
These two theories consist of the Munzell Color Notation system and
the Josef Albers Color theories concerned with the interaction of
color. In this portion of the course, students produce direct exercises
from these theories and then apply those theories in their own creative
work, but strictly within the conceptual framework of this portion
of the course.
The third part of the course requires students to expand the strict
theoretical relationship governing color to encompass color relation
to words and photographic images. This part of the course expands
the technical investigation of color beyond working with brush and
pigment, and expects the students to include and investigate different
possible color methods and reproduction technologies. Design 21 consists of approximately 12 projects.
Each of the twelve will be assigned a grade upon completion. The course
culminates in the construction of a digital presentation which will
incorporate notions of time and color. The students final grade is
based upon their effort, progress, participation and portfolio. At
the end of the course, each student participates in a one on one conference
with the professor where the final grade will be discussed and established.