Friday, April 30, 2010

workshop week report: part 1: value with Tony Curanaj

For the past week students in the core program enjoyed a break from the usual routine to take part in special workshops. The first year students focused on value with Tony Curanaj.

In this workshop Tony introduced the Munsell Color System, which addresses color in three parts: hue, value, and chroma. While this system is not taught exclusively at GCA, an understanding of it can be helpful when approaching color. In this workshop, students focused on the neutral values or grayscale.

In the first few days of the workshop, students learned how to mix the neutral values and tube their own paint. First year students have been cast drawing all year so this workshop also serves as an introduction to the medium of paint and a transition from cast drawing to cast painting.

To achieve the right value that is neither too cool or warm, a lot of mixing and matching and subtle observation has to be done.

The second half of the week was spent painting small still lifes of simple block and sphere shapes.

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