Art of Color OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Level Visual Arts Class on the Study of Color by MIT

Published Feb 10, 2009

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Explore a myriad of applications involving color in visual art with 'Art of Color', an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This free online course deals with the effects of color on overall imagery and also examines historical and psychological facets regarding the use of color. Students seeking a bachelor's degree in Fine Art can hone essential skills with this undergraduate course.

Art of Color: Course Specifics

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Art of Color: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare uses fundamentals of visual design to explore theories and concepts pertaining to color relationships. For this course, participants need their own art supplies and an enthusiastic creative vision. Using Color-Aid papers, students begin with a color familiarization exercise and progress to specifically outlined studio projects. These projects allow students to implement specific concepts, including historical uses of color, unified space and color balance. Additionally, participants use color squares to explore color as impression with an exercise designed to solicit sensations of one of the seasons. Professor Peter Dourmashkin presents this OpenCourseWare in lecture format and provides a detailed list of reference material.

Project instructions and examples serve as the main materials for this OpenCourseWare and are available online for free. More information can be found on the Art of Color course home page.

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