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Online Studio Course: Color and Composition – 12 Sessions with Rana Young

September 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$400.00 – $450.00

Color and Composition is a 12-week online studio course that focuses on the development of creative and analytical skills through the intense study and application of color theory. This course will build a helpful foundation for photographers and artists of all discipines. This course emphasizes concepts such as saturation, value and hue sequencing in relationship to spatial illusion; color relativity and simultaneous contrast as factors in the mutable nature of color; color as a design element and its role in composition; and the subjective dimension of color— its capacity to convey psychological/emotional and cultural information. The course also introduces students to two and three-dimension compositional elements and principles.

The goal of this course is to equip participants with strategies for talking and thinking about art; strategies for enhancing your creative practice; strategies for composing interesting and exhilarating works; strategies for asking “what’s possible?” It combines traditional approaches to studying color and color theory with more untraditional exercises and activities to consider what artist Donald Judd calls that “infinite change.”

This course functions as a laboratory—for ideas, experiments, exchange and exploration. This laboratory is very hands- on and in it we will spend most of our time making, doing, and trying things out. We will also discuss and view objects, color, theories and works of art by professional artists, musicians, film-makers, fashion designers, etc. and each other.

Meets Live Online Monday Evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm EST, September 9 – November 25, 2019:
September 9
September 16
September 23
September 30
October 7
October 14
October 21
October 28
November 4
November 11
November 18
November 25


Colour will always be interpreted in a new way, so that I hardly think my use is final, in fact I think it is a beginning. Infinite change may be its constant nature.

— Donald Judd, “Some Aspects of Colour in General and Red and Black in Particular,” 1994

Rana Young is an artist and educator based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Rana holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she was an Othmer Fellow and a BFA in Studio Art from Portland State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as published online by PDN, Hyperallergic, VICE, Huffington Post, British Journal of Photography, and The New York Times, among others. Rana launched PHOTO–EMPHASIS, an online platform for highlighting contemporary works made by photography educators, students, and practitioners, with Alec Kaus in June 2017. In collaboration with Kris Graves Projects, she released her first monograph, The Rug’s Topography, in January 2019. Currently, Rana teaches art and photography courses at the University of Arkansas.


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September 9, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$400.00 – $450.00
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