The Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat is a four day event held at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. This year they have asked me to teach a color theory workshop.
While the retreat is put on by the Colleagues of Calligraphy and three of the five workshops are calligraphy based (one is a book arts workshop), you do not have to be a member of the Colleagues or even a calligrapher to attend.
My class, Use Color Fearlessly, will explore color theory concepts through the use of watercolor blending and mixing. This type of approach will have immediate benefit to calligraphers wishing to enhance their use of color in their calligraphic work, but it is also applicable to artists working in all media. The exercises can be performed by artists at any skill level. We are concerned about blending and learning concepts.
Students will build a looseleaf workbook of their own exercises and explorations that will serve as an on-going reference for their color theory work. They will leave class with strategies for continuing their color journey regardless of whether they work with letterforms, or create figurative or abstract paintings. The emphasis of the workshop is to lay a foundation of understanding upon which the student can build a personal palette of colors.
Class will be a mixture of lecture and demonstration from me, and a lot of blending, mixing, and thinking on your part. Color is an integral part of any artist's work. With color we create emotion, set tone, and define our focus. Don't let your worries about color choices tie your artistic hands up in knots. We'll move forward fast, furiously, and fearlessly.
The workshop will be an intense and fun time. Each day there will be a morning and afternoon session of 3 hours each. A complete brochure and schedule for the workshop can been seen here. You will also see the other great class offerings in that brochure. (Sadly you can only take one workshop for the entire 4-day period.)
The workshop cost is $595: for three nights in a single room, meals Thursday lunch through Sunday lunch, and tuition. (The organizers have also provided a small optional charge for Wednesday and/or Sunday night lodging should you wish to arrive early to settle in, and also leave on Monday morning. This is explained in the brochure. I recommend that you plan to arrive on Wednesday so that you're up and ready to jump into color on Thursday morning.)
Registration began on January 21. To register, please follow the brochure link and send the completed the registration page to the Colleagues of Calligraphy (all information is in the brochure).
A list of supplies will be sent to registered students. Supplies include a few specific watercolors, paper, brushes, and a three ring binder. Students may elect to work in gouache instead of watercolor and will have a slightly different supplies. Colored inks are not be recommended for the main exercises, but students who already have colored inks are encouraged to bring them for additional experimentation.
I haven't been to Carleton College before, but I am told that the facilities are delightful (with air conditioning), the residence hall bedrooms pleasant (with air conditioning), and the food tasty. I'm looking forward to it. I hope that you'll consider joining me for an exploration of color theory in Minnesota in the summertime!