Color & Design Theory
Because color is such a personal and subjective area, it is perhaps inappropriate to
discuss it in terms of rules and theories. Nevertheless, to paint well, it is important for
the students to have some understanding of how colors behave and how they relate
to each other.
In this class students will learn how colors affect one another when mixed together
or applied side by side, how they change under different light and how they can be used to
re-create form, shape, perspective and mood. All this knowledge is important if you want color to do what you want it to do.
Additionally, the basic elements of composition and design are discussed while
developing students' technical and creative skills through the integration of both
color and design. Even the simplest subject needs to be composed so that it fits
effectively within the confines of the picture space so that it emphasizes the
message behind the work.
More often than not, pictures impact is due to a strong, expressive design and a
knowledgeable use of color.