Every time I come to the Folk School, I’m excited to see what new things I will learn. Recently, I was in Margaret Scanlan’s Color Theory class – and perfect timing! Color is everywhere this time of year. As I looked around campus I realized how in the autumn, nature moves into a complementary phase. This I can now express since I learned how to talk about color in Margaret’s class! While the sky is bright blue, the leaves on sugar maples have turned bright orange. The dogwood leaves are dark red against the light green bark. You don’t think that dogwood bark is green? Take a closer look and you’ll see what I mean.
Why are flowers so pleasing? Well these are an example of color intensity. The flowers in front of the painting studio were cheerfully bright – plus the fact again that the reds and greens are complements in the color wheel.
These were the kinds of discoveries we were making in the Color Theory class. We all came from different art media: cooking, gardening, quilting, weaving, knitting, and we were learning to apply color theory to our own craft or artistic interests because — everything is better with color!