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G An Innovative Approach in Teaching Color to First-Year University Students DR. NANCY KWALLEK THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN GENE EDWARD MIKESKA ENDOWED.

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2 G An Innovative Approach in Teaching Color to First-Year University Students DR. NANCY KWALLEK THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN GENE EDWARD MIKESKA ENDOWED CHAIR FOR INTERIOR DESIGN

3 BACKGROUND... At tier #1 Research university undergraduates were being ignored Attention to graduate level at the largest university in the country (50,000+ students) to bring in research grants/dollars Undergraduates taught: By Graduate Students—not senior faculty Many classes in size Initially no contact with senior faculty

4 To address the issue, the University of Texas 125 Commission recommended the development of Signature courses: Senior Faculty teaching freshmen Teach in small seminars—12-15 students Interdisciplinary in nature

5 SIGNATURE COURSE OBJECTIVES... Share common intellectual experience Carry throughout their college career and beyond Focus on contemporary issues in any subject matter Develop skills in research, writing, speaking/oral presentations, and discussion Attend special lecture series Become acquainted with some of the gems of The University World class resources at the University Acquire knowledge through interdisciplinary study (e.g. science informing art and vice versa)

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8 Primary instructor from Interior Design within the School of Architecture Guest speakers from a wide range of disciplines The course curriculum has four units, including: colored pigments and art making color coding living color and light and, color in the built environment Highlight of the course is a Harvest Mandala Food Drive, where students employ color as a communicative device to promote community service

9 Typical First Assignment... “INTRODUCTION & BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE COLOR FIELD” Assignment 1a: Library Assignment: Meet in the Perry Castaneda Library (PCL) Room where Head of UT’s Library Instruction Services, will provide you with hands-on instruction to find articles in magazines, journals or books on a topic. Assignment 1b: Locate an Article on Color: Go to the Architecture or Fine Arts Library and locate an article that illustrates a particularly successful use of color and light. Write a one page review of the article and illustrate with scanned visuals. Due: September 5. Reading: Chapter 7: Color and Culture by John Gage, pp , in Colour: Art and Science (required class textbook). Discussion: September 5. Requirement: Bring a journal you will use for the semester and starting with the first speaker to record (take notes of) the key points of her presentation. (See the information at the end of this syllabus about more requirements for your journal.)

10 COURSE OVERVIEW... “COLORED PIGMENTS AND ART MAKING” covering: history of dyes and pigments creating a ‘subtractive’ color circle art at the Blanton Museum color systems viewed through the lens of art history color in relation to the art making process colored materials humans have long used to create visual expressions

11 by FRAN GALE RESEARCH FELLOW ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN “MANUFACTURING COLOR: NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC PIGMENTS AND DYES” EXAMPLE OF GUEST LECTURE

12 by DR. LARA EAKINS CURATOR OF AMERICAN AND CONTEMPORARY ART BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART Synchromy in Purple Minor, 1918 Synchromy in Purple Minor, 1918 “COLOR AND LIGHT IN ART” Criminal Being Executed, 1991 Criminal Being Executed, 1991 EXAMPLE OF GUEST LECTURE

13 COURSE OVERVIEW... “COLOR CODING” covering: color as a major communication tool through the lens of different disciplinary fields

14 A panel of speakers address topics about color coding Distinguished panelists Professor from Department of Anthropology Priest from the University Catholic Center Professor from Theatre and Dance Professor from College of Design from another university Each panelist discussed various ways that color is communicated through codes that may be influenced by ingrained speech patterns, the liturgical calendar, film, and theatre practices AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PANEL EXAMPLE OF PANEL OF EXPERTS

15 by Father Ed Nowak, CSP Director, Newman Center, UT Liturgical Symbols “COLOR SYMBOLISM & CODING CULTURE” PANEL ON COLOR CODING

16 by DR. SUSAN ANDERSON ANTHROPOLOGIST, AUSTIN, NYC “COLOR CODES & COMMUNICATION” PANEL ON COLOR CODING

17 “COLOR AND BRANDING” INCLUDED: A BRANDING CONSULTANT, PRODUCT DESIGNER, ART DIRECTOR FROM SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS, PROFESSOR OF DESIGN, DEPARTMENT OF ART PANEL ON COLOR CODING

18 LIVING COLOR students explored UT HARRY RANSOM CENTER’S permanent collection of costume pieces and makeup stills from GONE WITH THE WIND BY VARIOUS PROFESSORS FROM: THE DEPARTMENT OF THATRE AND DANCE THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN “THEATER OF COLOR” CLASS FIELD TRIP

19 COURSE OVERVIEW... “SCIENCE OF COLOR AND LIGHT” covering: color and light in science relation of light to plants and animals tour of the human visual system

20 “COLOR IN NATURE” ANTHOCYANIN gives pansies their dark purple color by DR. STAN ROUX DISTINGUISHED TEACHING PROFESSOR MOLECULAR CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN EXAMPLE OF GUEST LECTURE

21 by ANNETTE CARLOZZI DEPARTMENT OF ASTRONOMY THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN “COLOR MAPPING IN ASTRONOMY” EXAMPLES OF GUEST LECTURE

22 COURSE OVERVIEW... “Color in the Built Environment” covering: Color and Light in our built environment, with an emphasis on the ways that color can be used to help make a positive impact on the quality of life.

23 “EFFECTS OF COLOR ON OFFICE WORKERS’ MOOD AND PRODUCTIVITY” by Nancy Kwallek, Interior Design Present Long Standing Research on Color School of Architecture, U.T. CLASS LECTURE

24 “COLOR IN HEALTH WELLNESS” led by Bill Cook, MHA Project Manager $200M Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin, Texas Platinum LEED Certification Maze playscape of brightly colored concentric circles with peepholes CLASS FIELD TRIP

25 FIELD TRIP CONTINUES...

26 Recognizing the importance of color in everyday life, the instructor lead students to collaborate on a class project Harvest Mandala Food Drive, wherein a huge color wheel art installation, resembling a circular drawing in many cultures (called mandala in Sanskrit, popularized by Carl Jung) is constructed from fresh produce and canned food on the main lawn of the campus. “HARVEST MANDALA FOOD DRIVE” CLASS PROJECT

27 C. G. JUNG’S SPIRITUAL MANDALA Circular movement Individuation process ‘Passively’ experienced An autonomous movement of the psyche The circular movement activates the forces of human nature id=kS2MNcqVDM4C&pg=PA136&d q=Mandala+symbolism+/+C.G.+J ung&client=firefox- a&cd=5#v=onepage&q=Mandala %20symbolism%20%2F%20C.G.% 20Jung&f=false Figure Courtesy of the Estate of C.G. Jung, from C.G. Jung, Mandala Symbolism

28 PRODUCE SPONSORED BY HEB CENTRAL MARKET 425 LBS OF PRODUCE (340 MEALS) DONATED TO THE CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK OF TEXAS COLOR CIRCLE PROMOTES UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY VARIOUS CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATED IN THE DAY LONG CELEBRATION

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