Learning Goals

  • To discover color as creative being through observation and experience
  • To experience color exercises in active and passive colors as they relate to soul gestures
  • To study primary, secondary, and complementary colors, warm and cool range of colors, experiencing the moral effect of color.
  • To experience colors in their archetypal qualities free from the constrictions of outer form
  • To explore the laws of color weaving between light and darkness, their effect on the human psyche as researched by Goethe, Steiner, Kandinsky, and Collot d’Herbois.
  • To develop understanding of a phenomenological Goethean approach to color versus a Newtonian color science

Course Content

Method: Introductions and demonstrations. Students work on common themes but are encouraged to individualize their own paintings. Students should obtain their own portfolio case (can be cardboard) and a white paper notebook (can be a large paper pad with wire). We will be painting on 1/2 sheets of paper. Students often like to glue some paintings into journal or create miniatures. Bring colored pencils and chalk pastel. (The local art store in Wilton NH has all of these supplies.)
Topics Covered

Course outline:

  • Session 1: Introduction to color. Primary, secondary, and complementary colors.
  • Session 2: The color wheel. Goethe. The fifteen color combinations. The “Moral Effect of Color”.
  • Session 3: Color combinations. Experiments in painting.
  • Session 4: Newton versus Goethe. Prism experiments and color theories.
  • Session 5: The “Incarnation Path” in color. Magenta and Viridian. Steiner’s color theory.
  • Session 6: Painting “Out of the Color”. Steiner’s gift to painting.
  • Session 7: Color and Soul. Modern research by Kandinsky and Collot d’ Herbois. Charcoal exercises, chalk pastel exercises.

Studio time: Individual research with color combinations. Is there a moral effect? Projects will be shared during last painting session. Individual presentations.

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