The Final Josef Albers Color Class
9:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
If you do not already have acrylics as an oil painter, you will find them useful as a good underpainting; fast drying, luminous, and a good way to stain canvas and retain the surface in your work with a very fast blocking in of color at less expense.
I recommend Golden Acylics; NOT LIQUID ACRYLICS as there is not enough body for covering well, nor are the other versions necessary such as extra or heavy body. Daniel Smith Brand and Grumbacher Brand are also fine. No bargain brands, as they are low in chroma, with very poor color for the most part. Golden also names most of their color truer to the basic components rather than confusing names that really do not relate to basic color language. All colors are labeled Golden Acrylics and readily available. If you choose another brand, any clerk should be able to help you with the transition. Artists and Craftsman are especially helpful and knowing as they hire working artists and if they do not know the answer there as always been someone who did. Be sure to avoid craft store brands as you probably already know or any bottom rung brands.
- YELLOW Golden Primary Yellow This is a neutral yellow excellent for all mixing. Cadmium Yellows have orange in them and Lemon Yellows have green
- WHITE Titanium White is chosen for it’s covering ability as well as a true white
- BLACK Carbon Black (NO Payne’s Gray please or any thing tinted with another color)
- VIRIDIAN GREEN very helpful in mixing
- THALO GREEN (pthalocyanine) YELLOW SHADE is very intense, transparent and brilliant
- CHROME OXIDE DARK yet another GREEN good for mixing this, the most difficult color to use
- COBALT BLUE one of three basic blues necessary for mixing, cooler
- THALO BLUE (pthalocyanine) GREEN SHADE is very intense, transparent and brilliant
- ULTRAMARINE BLUE one of three basic blues, warmer
- DIOXAZINE PURPLE more brilliant than any other mixed purple in this list. Very useful
- ALIZARINE CRIMSON HUE a necessary cool, transparent RED
- CADMIUM RED MEDIUM or any true, bright red
- C. P. CADMIUM ORANGE very bright and intense
- BURNT UMBER (NOT light) a cooler brown
- BURNT SIENNA a warmer brown
- MEDIUM MAGENTA an extremely useful strong pink for mixing. Also very good is QUINACRIDONE PINK. Only one is necessary
For the first day you will need:
- TWO PAINTING SURFACES APPROXIMATELY 14 X 17 inches (small variations allowed). One to be painted a solid as possible COBALT BLUE and the other a solid as possible ORANGE. Both colors unmixed, straight out of the tube. They should be the same color as in the tube.
- WATER PAINTING SUPPLIES (container for water, rags or paper towels, brushes, palette, etc. – prepared to paint).
- ONE ORANGE any size – round
- NOTEBOOK AND WRITING TOOL for notes.
Complete Explanation and instructions will be given along with a color seeing demonstration.
Explore the basic painting requisites of graduate students at the Yale School of Art during their final year, as prescribed by the head of the Design Department, Josef Albers, and taught by one of his students, instructor extraordinaraire 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.