The Josef Albers Painting Boot Camp

Charles Emerson is a Pacific Northwest painter who creates richly hued abstract paintings that describe ethereal and atmospheric spaces. Embracing color as the foundation of his work, Emerson builds his compositions by applying layers of subtly varied tones that shift with light. His paintings contain terrestrial forms, celestial shapes, and painterly marks, each depicting an emotive microcosm with every varying palette. His paintings are reflections on personal experiences and an engagement with the concept that “nothing ever stays the same.” Emerson uses painting both as a visual diary– recording places, significant moments, and interpersonal interactions- -as well as a part of a spiritual search where one can transcend the here and now. Charles Emerson, originally from Los Angeles, received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Southern California. He was the recipient of the Fulbright Grant, and he completed his fellowship in Venice, Italy in 1961. Emerson has shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles, CA. He was the artist-in-residence at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) in La Jolla, CA, and at Reed College in Portland, OR. Emerson has resided in the Northwest for more than 30 years, and he teaches color theory and painting at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.
9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 4 sheets of 2 Ply Chip Board ( cardboard ) all 18” X 24” available at Artists and Craftsman, may be available elsewhere
  • 1 tube ACRYLIC PAINT (water medium) Cadmium Green Light NO SUBSTITUTIONS. NO LIQUID ACRYLICS
  • 1 tube ACRYLIC PAINT (water medium)Cadmium Red Medium (not dark, not light) NO SUBSTITUTIONS. NO LIQUID ACRYLICS
  • TEMPERA PAINT in a small JAR may be used instead. NO LIQUID TEMPERA
  • CONTAINER for water
  • Good selection of WATERCOLOR or ACRYLIC BRUSHES. Hair or Synthetic. Included in this selection be sure to include:
    • 1 DETAIL BRUSH, small pointed. A LINER or RIGGER is optiona
    • 3 MEDIUM BRUSHES, all different variations on medium, SOFT HAIR , ROUND and POINTED
    • 1 LARGE BRUSH suitable for background washes
    • 1 Medium sized asian style CALIGRAPHY BRUSH Do not buy an expensive one! It will be abused in painting
  • MATERIALS FOR MIXING, WASHES, etc. such as a white ceramic plate, paper cups, plastic white palette

NOTE: This is a first color exercise using these specific colors, other colors of your choosing will be used later.
CHIP BOARD of other sizes and dimensions, chosen by you, will be used later.

Explore basic painting requisites of all graduate students entering the Yale School of Art during the final year, as prescribed by the head of the Design Department, Josef Albers, and taught by one of his students, the extraordinary Charles Emerson. Search to find your personal aesthetics, manner, and style of painting as well as passion in this difficult, often confusing, and always challenging class of self-discovery and creativity. Our practice will extend to both class and home studios.