The Art and Science of Color (online workshop)

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Offered entirely online: interactive, livestreaming classes and personalized feedback on completed work.

with Ian Jehle

Learn color theory and how it applies to painting.

A deep understanding of how to use color is an essential skill for any painter, or for that matter anyone creating visual content. During this hands on workshop you will be guided through a series of exercises paired with theoretical content with artist and educator Ian Jehle. The use of color and its perceptual influence is a major component of Ian’s own work.

Color has the power to evoke emotion and trigger memories. For most of us, it is what we remember when we walk into a beautiful room or what we think of when we remember our favorite painting. But how does color work? How do we distinguish one color from another? What do we mean when we say that colors go together. 

Starting with the simple color wheel that most of us know from childhood, this course looks at how color operates in the eye and in the mind, as both light and biology. Using acrylic paint and canvas, we will analyze the inherent attributes of color, and using simple exercises, learn how to effectively work with those individual attributes. Taking examples from film, animation, painting, and advertising, we will look at systems that various cultures and media use to organize and choose colors. Whether you’re interested in fine art, video, design or digital media, this course will teach you the fundamental tools to incorporate colour into whatever you do.


Understanding Color: Light & Biology

The Attributes of Color: Value, Hue & Intensity

Color Dynamics: How one color affects another

Color Systems: Complimentary, Analogous, Tonal

Color Systems: Persian Miniatures

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About the Artist-Instructor:

Ian Jehle is a Canadian artist and teacher based in Berlin and Washington DC. He is on the faculty at American University in Washington DC and previously was head of engineering at the construction firm P&J Arcomet. Jehle studied computer science, mathematics, philosophy and visual arts at American University, Kansas City Art Institute, Brandeis University and Columbia University.

Jehle’s work focuses on the intersection of math, engineering and visual arts. His large scale math-based installation projects are often participatory in nature, using games, puzzles and live events where participants are invited to create works of art by following a simple set of mathematical rules. Jehle considers his teaching an important part of his art-making process and often includes groups of students in the design and implementation of his project based works.

Studio Visit with Ian Jehle on our blog

Above images are artworks by Ian Jehle.


Our Online Workshop Format:

Classes meet via Zoom, livestreaming, and include live demos and step by step instructions from the instructor. Participants will do exercises along with the instructor and have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time. We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and intimate. Participants have the option take a little extra time on their own, at home, to complete the exercises or practice at their own pace, although this is not required. Finished work gets uploaded to a Dropbox folder where the instructor will give individual feedback and answer questions in the comments section. Participants can also comment on each others work in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session will be made available to participants.


September 9 – October 14, 2020

6 x Wednesdays from 6-8 pm CET
(6pm in Berlin, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco, 5pm in London)

Cost: 175 Euros*
*includes 16% VAT

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