Improve Your Art: Color Symbolism
An exploration of how color choices affect what we think and feel about art.
Benjamin E Callahan
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Why are stop signs red? Why does the Joker wear green and purple? All around us, in business and popular culture, artists are making conscious color choices in their designs. In this class, we will explore color theory from the point of view of artists trying to get better at their craft; to just pick colors, but to wisely choose them! This class is a live audio-visual presentation, throughout which the teacher will ask open-ended questions that the students will be able to discuss with one...
1. Color Science: Why humans see some colors more easily than others. 2. Color History: What have colors been used to represent in the past? How does that affect art we make now? 3. Color Meaning: All colors are associated with not just feeling (anger, joy, etc.) but also specific ideas. We explore how and why. 4. Color Use: Demonstrations showing just how much choosing the right (or wrong) color can make a work of art look completely different.
I studied color theory extensively during my time at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and originally taught this class in person as part of the process of getting my teacher certification in art. I've adapted the class to work in an online medium, and look forward to sharing my knowledge with more students.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Student comprehension will be checked throughout the class through discussion questions.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Benjamin E CallahanArts and Sciences Instructor
440 total reviews
319 completed classes
I'm an educator with a background in many creative and academic subjects, but my true passion is digital media. I teach classes on both paid and free digital media programs, from Photoshop CC to Alchemy Vector Graphics, and how to use these...