March 26, 2018


What a treat to teach some Josef Albers color theory right in front of the real deal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The five and six year old class listened to the (beautifully illustrated by Julia Breckenreid!) bio of Albers "An Eye for Color" by Natasha Wing, and discovered how colors interact with each other. I love seeing his work in gallery 174, surrounded by Robert Slutzky, Alma Thomas, and Geneviève Claisse, sleeping under a giant Sol LeWitt ceiling mural - there's a lot of "simple" side by side color explorations in that hallway. 

From the book, they learned that Albers often preferred to paint "straight from the tube", without mixing colors - investigating the pigments in their most pure form. 

Back in the studio, each student chose a shape and traced concentrically smaller versions of that shape within the original. Colors were thoughtfully picked form a selection of acrylics and the students carefully filled in their shapes with a flat brush (working on the edging skills!)

With a whole class working on this project, we were easily able to see how colors looked different depending on their neighbors: magenta looked more vibrant paired with silver, or green was dull next to red. 

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