What do Colors Really Do? with Richard Frumess

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What do Colors Really Do? with Richard Frumess

480.00

Wednesay & Thursday
May 30 & 31
10am – 4pm

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Wednesay & Thursday
May 30 & 31
10am – 4pm

The purpose of this workshop is to give a systematic hands-on exploration of color theory using R&F Pigment Sticks. There will be exercises using color theory principles in the mixing, layering, and juxtaposing of color. This workshop differs from traditional approaches to color theory, which rely on calibrated color sets, like Color-Aid. Instead, we will relate color theory to the specific pigments and mediums that you work with in your studio. This class approaches the subject with a practical application of the colors you are already familiar with and expands your knowledge of them. You will experiment with the different aspects of pigments – their opacity, temperature, saturation, and value – and see how they play crucial roles in mixing and color composition.  We also look at how different mediums, the absorbent properties of grounds, and the diffusing nature of texture can either radically or subtly affect the characteristics of colors and how they interact with light. The conversation will bring us to the “mechanics” of color – the physical and chemical processes that underlie those characteristics of pigments and mediums and grounds. We will see:

· How do the opaque or translucent characteristics of a pigment make its color brighter or deeper, muted or vivid?

·  How do the characteristics of pigments affect color relationships and mixing?

· What makes light influence a color?

The concepts examined in this workshop will provide tools for your own exploration of color in your studio and help you understand how to make more purposeful choices in contrast, balance, movement, and depth.  


Richard Frumess has been manufacturing encaustic commercially since 1982. In 1988 he founded R&F Handmade Paints. For the last several years he has been developing a series of comprehensive tests on the properties of encaustic paint – its lightfastness, adhesiveness, aging, and characteristics of raw materials. Many of these tests have never been carried out on a systematic basis until now. Richard has been working in collaboration with industry experts, conservators, and materials scientists.