Special 12-Week Class:
The Art of Color in Theory & Practice

Lisa Dinhofer

Joseph Albers, Museum of Modern Art

Class Description

Tuesdays, January 9–March 27
7:00–10:15 pm 12 Sessions
Fee: $480
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 25 students

Any form of visual experience from the clothes we wear to the paintings we most admire involve color. Color in art can be used to create space, light, emotion, and atmosphere. No two-dimensional surface is active without it. No three-dimensional space is enhanced or exists without an understanding of the nuance of color. This course is designed to ask and answer the questions of how and why color works. The class is conceived for all levels from the absolute beginner to the working artist.

The exercises in this class are based on the Josef Albers workbook, “The Interaction of Color”. Class lessons will start with insights and tips into the use of drawing materials. Then, drawing form in 3 dimensions (introducing various approaches to modeling in light and shade). Next there will be an introduction to drawing the figure including basic anatomy, proportion pattern and drapery; followed by using linear perspective to achieve spatial depth. Finally we tackle architectural, abstract, figurative or imaginative composition that will reflect the self-direction of the individual student.

The exercises in this class are based on the Josef Albers’ workbook, The Interaction of Color.

About the Instructor

Lisa Dinhofer—painter, draftswoman and printmaker—earned her BA with honors from Brandeis University. For two years, she participated in the summer program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, later receiving her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown extensively both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo shows were at Denise Bibro Fine Art (New York, 2012) and at Purdue University (Indiana, 2010). Her paintings, drawings and prints are widely collected, and publicly represented at Brooklyn Museum of Art, City College (CUNY), IBM and other venues. In 2003, she completed a 90-foot glass mosaic mural, Losing My Marbles, which was commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit program. It is centrally located at the Times Square subway station. Currently, Ms. Dinhofer is represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York.

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