Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Color Workshop at MoonTree Studios

I've gotten requests lately about what classes I might be teaching this year.  I'm excited to announce that I'll be doing a Color Experience at MoonTree Studios in Plymouth, Indiana.  Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT    [Note:  The facebook announcement reads CDT, because fb insists that Plymouth is in the central time zone. They're wrong.  Erg.]

If you've been waiting for a chance to learn some color theory, and then have the time really run with it, this is your chance.   We'll do a half day class on Color to jump start you, then you'll have 2 1/2 days to explore color in your own direction.   I'll be there to cheer you on, help with more color theory, brainstorm, bounce ideas off of, etc.   It'll be a small-ish group between 6-8 folks in any area of art or fiber art. $320 for the three days [$290 if you're a member of MoonTree Studios]

Here's the link to the class:  Color Experience at MoonTree

Here's the plan for the class:

Participants will enjoy the luxury of time: three days to explore color, color harmonies, and color interactions in their medium of choice--all disciplines of fiber and visual arts are encouraged to attend.The diversity of participants and media will provide inspiration to others’ color explorations.Beginning with a formal presentation of Color Theory and Color Harmonies, we’ll subsequently split off to begin our own explorations of color in our medium of focus. Robin will provide knowledge and support all along the way. We conclude each day with a show and tell to look at what others are doing with other media, share progress, ask questions, share frustrations, and brainstorm. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and explore things you haven’t tried before, and explorations will be flexible enough to allow for change in direction if desired. Our emphasis is on the color exploration, not on completing a set of products by the end of the experience. (For example explorations and materials list, see their website - link above.)

I am really excited.  This is a class I've wanted to do for a long time, but the timing was never right.  When MoonTree approached me last year to talk about possibilities, I realized this was my chance to do this class.  

Here are some examples of things you might do:
  • Weaver: Explore color by weaving a color gamp, then weaving a set of multicolored towels, each with a different weft. 
  • Spinner: Explore color by playing with carded batts and singles, then explore color and plying.
  • Dyer: Explore color by dyeing warps or skeins in different color harmonies.
  • Painter: Explore color by doing a set of sample cards mixing your favorite pigments [for example a series of Greens cards each with a single blue and a line for each of your yellows].   OR  Paint the same simple scene in different lights or with different palettes.
  • Knitter: Explore color in intarsia.  Do a simple motif in different colors
  • Jewelry maker: Explore the same designs with different color harmonies.
  • Scrapbooker/Papercrafter: Explore color by doing a series of layouts or greeting cards in different color harmonies.
  • Quilter: Explore color by using the same color harmony in Light, Medium and Dark in different pieced motifs for a quilt top.
  • General color exploration: 
    • Explore color by making a color notebook with clippings of colors/magazines/fibers or samples [painted, knitted, etc.] organized into color harmonies in a dedicated notebook.   
    • Get to know your color wheel.  
    • Complete the Munsell Student Color Set pages - this alone will teach you more about color than 10 classes.

Email me if you  have questions - I'm happy to talk you through your plan for the weekend.  robin at morenna dot com.

Please come join us!   It's going to be So. Much. Fun.

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