Color Theory Spring 2024

Color Theory and Ideational Concepts
FDMA 2200, CRN 3414,3415
Spring 2024 M, W, 2:00- 3:50

Lauren Addario
Instructor Media Arts & Technology
New Mexico Highlands University
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:00. Wednesday 10:00-11:00, Thursdays 2:00 -3:00 over Zoom

Phone: 505-454-3239

Safety: If you are sick, test positive for COVID, or have had close contact with someone who is sick or has tested positive, please attend via Zoom, and let me know how I can support you until you feel well enough to return to the class.

Tuesday, 1/23/24             Last day to enroll in a Spring semester class (full term)
Friday, 1/26/24                  Last day to drop a class
Monday, 1/29/24             MA&T evening labs open Monday thru Thursday and Sunday afternoon

Week 1
January 17 – Syllabus review, Class schedule.
Color is the most relative medium in art.
Read this and do Color Theory Assignment 1 by MONDAY, 1/22. Email me your answers before the start of class. Bring in a newspaper or any black and white print material for your next assignment. We’ll start it in class. Here it is as a word doc

Week 2
January 22 – Review and discussion, assignment 1. The science of color, discussion & lecture In class assignment, developing sensitivity to value. Introduce Assignment 2
Hand out foam core for this assignment. 

Below are two examples of what Assignment 2 will look like. Due at the start of class on 1/24.

January 24- Critique Day: greyscale project. Remember the guidelines for Constructive Criticism and critique.

Homework: Read Interaction of Color, Introduction by Josef Albers.

Week 3
January 29
Lecture Introduce Assignment 3, Color Influence.
We’ll work on this during class. Here’s your template.
2:30 Cabrini in class Silhouette software cutter demo.
Homework: Schedule a time with Cabrini to use the silhouette cutter to complete Assignment 3.

January 31 Critique Day & Review color influence. Lecture, color subtraction In class assignment & work day: Color subtraction. Here’s your Assignment 4 on color subtraction.
Here’s your template for the in-class part of the assignment.

Homework: Define these terms, Color Theory vocabulary (lectures 1 & 2) and read chapter VII 2 different colors look alike- subtraction of color. Your vocabulary definitions and your assignment 4 are both due before the start of class on February 5th

Week 4
February 5  Critique Day: Assignment 4, Color Subtraction. Review vocabulary. If there’s time, start lecture on color systems.

February 7 – Lecture: color systems  Review  Assignment 5 & Assignment 6  color wheel template linked here.  review for quiz

Week 5
February 12 – CT Quiz 1  & amnesty work day. Get help on any missing/late assignments or any assignments that you want to revise for a higher grade.

February 14- Cabrini in class at 2:00 to show you how to import your .ai file for your color wheel & use the silhouette cutter to create the color wheel.

Week 6
February 19— Critique Day: Assignments 5 & 6, Review Quiz answers

February 21—
Lecture Value Migration. Test your color IQ  Link to Assignment 7 on Value Migration is here. Let’s work on this in class due at the start of class on Monday, February 26th.
Homework: Read Chapter XV in The Interaction of Color.

Week 7
February 26 –  Lecture portrait assignment. Introduce Assignment 8 Create a greyscale vector portrait using the pen tool. This is your midterm project!

Cabrini in class for a software demo and tutorial Here’s a .pdf of the beginner’s guide and an introduction to the pen tool and a practice tool
Short critique of value assignment.

February 28 –  In class workday for Assignment 8 Review for midterm exam 

Week 8
March 4 -Critique Assignment 8 

March 6-Midterm exam, you can leave when you’re finished. If you have any missed assignments, all assignments from first half of semester are due by the end of today.

Week 9


Week 10
March 18 – Review Midterm exam/
Introduce Assignment 9, color your representational portrait.
But before we do that, let’s look at previous versions of this assignment.

March 20 – Critique Day Assignment 9

Week 11
March 25 – ***Class over Zoom today***
Take your non-representational image and choose 4 different color schemes. See examples here & Introduce Assignment 10

March 27– Critique Day, Assignment 10 

Week 12
April 1–  Demo- setting up to print
Put together the four non-representational images to make one image. Open Illustrator, set document size to 18 x 24 portrait, paste all 4 images into a single document and align, save as .pdf and send to me.

April 3 –Lecture the primary colors of light. Applying colors to the web and screen based interfaces. In class- assignment.
Introduce Assignment 11
Template for assignment 11 is linked here  
HW read this article on colorblindness

Week 13
April 8–
 Class cancelled due to ransomware attack. 

April 10- Class cancelled due to ransomware attack. 

Week 14
April 15thLecture: Vibrating Boundaries. Introduce Psychedelic Poster project.  Step one: Take 20 minutes to create your color palette & use the remainder of class as a work day for your psychedelic poster project

April 17th-Critique Psychedelic Poster project. ***LABS OPEN 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 3 to 8 pm***

Week 15
April 22
Introduce Final Project, details for your final project are linked here
Homework: On Wednesday, 4/24 be prepared to present two different color schemes and two different living spaces. Be prepared to present your ideas, electronically designed in an appropriate software tool such as Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.

April 24-Critique 1- Presentation of two different color schemes and two different diorama ideas. Be prepared to present your ideas, electronically, designed in an appropriate software tool such as Photoshop, or Illustrator. Based on this critique, select the color scheme and theme for your diorama.
Homework Due next class, 4/29: Start working on your diorama, cut initial pieces, gather all your materials and objects and get them ready for assembly.

Week 16
April 29th-Present initial pieces, objects, and materials for assembly. Work Day, we’ll go to the print lab and learn how to cut and glue diorama boxes.
Homework Due next class: Assemble your diorama for last class critique

May 1st-This will be the final working critique and your last class, now is the time to work on the final touches and get feedback. You should have your diorama almost completed by today, and critique will give you the opportunity to finalize your work.

By Thursday May, 2 at 10:00pm All your work must be printed and mounted for the final show.

Friday, May 3rd All hands on deck to hang the final show 10:00am -2:00pm

Final Critique: Monday, May 6th, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.  *** Selection of dioramas for the final show will be at the end of critique today!