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Course Description

Edouard Manet once called still life "the touchstone of painting." Characterized by an interest in the insentient, this genre of art has been popular across movements, cultures, and periods, with major figures like Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso sharing Manet’s view. The still life gained prominence during the 16th century and is derived from the Dutch word stilleven, but its roots date back to ancient times. Still Life: Color and Light will utilize the practice of observational still life painting with a focus on the history and evolution of color, its organization, relationship, interaction and arrangement. Color, in a way unlike any other tool in visual communication, is very complex and frequently misunderstood. By focusing on the visual and aesthetic interactions of color, the science of color perception and the metaphysical nature of color perception we will create paintings that create a better understanding of the use of color. The course utilizes the major theories of colorists such as Munsell, Itten, Albers, etc. as a primary structure in which to study distinct color properties and functions.

Level: Introductory to Advanced

Note: For this online course, access to a computer or other digital device is essential for attending lectures, demonstrations and critiques. Students who are taking courses in digital media must have access to a computer, and will be asked to purchase a student license to the Adobe Suite. Tufts is making these licenses available at a greatly reduced price. Adobe software is not only essential for your courses, but is essential to almost any design or illustration practice. By purchasing this software, you will be able to access it on your own computer at your convenience. Instructions on purchasing and downloading the software will be sent to you before classes begin.

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