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March 16, 2021 8:30–9:30 am
Special Topics

COLOR: the x-factor

Partnership with DukeCreate & AAHVS

Taught by Phyllis B. Dooney

About the Workshop

In “COLOR: the x-factor,” we review how artists have considered color over time and how color technology shapes visual expression. We learn to identify primary, secondary and complementary colors and consider phenomenal responses to color as per Kandinsky and Albers.  We consider the advent of photography, at the time a black and white medium, and how it impacted the arc of painting away from realism and towards impressionism, pointillism and expressionism, for example. Finally, we review the invention of color film stocks and how color ultimately shaped photographic expression. This 2-part workshop begins on March 16 with a 1-hour lecture and discussion followed by an assignment and critique on March 23.

About the Instructor

Phyllis B. Dooney is a social documentary visual storyteller and educator. Phyllis was honored in 2019 as one of Photo District News (PDN’s) “30 New and Emerging Photographers.” In recognition of her ongoing project, “The Vertigo of Time,” she was a 1492/1619 American Aftermaths Grant 2021 finalist. Phyllis has an MFA from Duke University’s Experimental & Documentary Arts. Her work has appeared in Lightfield Festival, Click! Photography Festival, The Nasher Museum of Art, The New York Times Magazine, American Photo, The Atlantic, ESPN, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Prison Photography, The Oxford American and elsewhere. She attended Eddie Adams XXVII and was awarded first place for The Center’s Editor’s Choice Prize in 2015. She was a Screen Projects mentee, highlighted in the 4th annual New York Times portfolio review and a runner-up in British Journal of Photography’sBreakthrough Awards 2017. Her first photography book, published by Kehrer Verlag in 2017, “Gravity Is Stronger Here,” was awarded honorable mention by The Center for Documentary Studies’ Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. Of her work, Phyllis says — I photograph family; because family tells secrets about the country.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. See link at top of page.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

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Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).