Staff E-Mail Outage


E-mail for SCC faculty and staff has been down since Friday afternoon. If you need to reach me, leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address, and I’ll get back to you a.s.a.p. Hopefully I.T. will have things fixed shortly. I’ll let you know when I can access my inbox again.



Last Minute Announcement of Awesomeness

Looking for something fun to do tonight, Friday, November 18? Of course you are! So why not check out the anniversary party at Studio Luloo in Oaklyn, NJ! The bash starts at 7 pm, and Salem Community College CGA major extraodinaire Billy Bollinger will be playing with Podacter, his  self-described “dum dum punk band” (way to sell yourself Billy).


If that’s not reason enough to bestir yourself (and why the heck wouldn’t it be?!?), all the money earned goes to wicked good causes.

In Billy’s words:

All proceeds from the door will be donated to Studio Luloo, keeping the space alive and able to continue being a cool spot for local bands and to benefit their awesome community outreach programs like COMMUNITY ROCKS!

On top of that, if you pick up a cd, cassette, or vinyl from my band, all money made at our table will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU.ORG) to help defend basic human rights. We will also have a donation jar conveniently placed out in case you really hate physical records.

YAY thanks for listening ya’ll and let’s smash fascists, racists, sexists, and homophobes together!

The Need to Know

The Location

Studio Luloo
215 W. Clinton Ave
Oaklyn, NJ 08107

The Amenities

Studio Luloo is BYOB for those who are of age and located directly next to “a pretty dank brewery, a pizza place, and a water ice place lovingly named Yum Yum’s.” (Billy’s words).

The Music Lineup

In addition to Podacter, the lineup (described oh-so-succinctly by our Mr. Bollinger) is as follows:

  • No Regrets (Ska Punks playing their first show in 5 years)
  • Sleep In. (twinkly, mathy smarty pants emo stuff!)
  • Brian Mietz (Weezer-esque funny songs from a good boy and fellow graphic designer)

For more information about Podacter visit

In Conclusion…

This is such a great idea. It’s exciting to see people fighting the good fight. I so very very much want to go, but I have to work :(. You all need to attend and tell me about it so I can live vicariously! Go… change the world (and maybe enjoy a beverage and some music while you’re at it).



Don’t forget to vote! I dragged my lazy tush out of the snuggly bed at 6:45 a.m. in order to cast my choices for a less apocalyptic future. Your turn!


FYI: lines may be long. As the woman in front of me commented, “Whatever people are feeling, they’re feeling it strongly!” Leave yourself a little extra time and bring a distraction. It’s so very worth it (and not just for the extra credit).


Bring This Not That

It’s hard to believe, but next Tuesday, May 3 is our final meeting of Color Theory.


*sniffle* Say it ain’t so!

As you know, we will be going out with a class chock full o’ important stuff. This includes our final exam, a critique on your class projects (particularly the final project) and a potluck to fuel all of the above (clearly the most important thing).


Remember that the final exam is a mandatory part of your participation for next week, but is not a separate grade. Wrong answers will not hurt you, but right answers will give you extra credit. To that end, it’s worth reviewing your notes and the posts on this blog to make sure you have all the many facets of color theory we’ve studied fresh in your mind.

What You Need for Our Final Class Meeting

  1. Project 1—Master Study with glazed color applied to grisaille
  2. Project 2—Warhol Series with all four panels completed
  3. Project 3 (Final Project)—Symbolic/Emotive Dreamscape (more on this below)
  4. Project 4—Color Collection including:
    • Value Scale
    • Color Wheel #1: Earth Primaries
    • Color Wheel #2: Limited Prismatic Primaries 1 (Warm)
    • Color Wheel #3: Limited Prismatic Primaries 2 (Cool)
    • Transparent Test Strips (in-class exercise with lines painted over one another)
    • Transparent/Tint Color Tests (2 sided sheet)
  5. Your paints; you will need these for our final exam
  6. The clip light and bulb you borrowed from me. I bought these with my own money, so please, please, pretty please with frosting-on-top bring them back
  7. Any paintbrushes, palette knives or other studio equipment you borrowed. Please return these so we have them to use for next year
  8. Food to share for our critique potluck (optional)

Please make sure your name is on all projects and parts of projects.

What You DON’T Need for our Final Class Meeting

  1. Your Project 2 still life/shadow box
  2. This.

Reminders for Your Final Project

As you know, your final project is a Dreamscape. This project is very open-ended and can be interpreted in a variety of ways. You could represent an actual dream, a dreamlike mood, a personal goal or ambition or something else you relate to the idea of dreams. Whatever your chosen content, color should be one of the primary means of artistic communication in your piece. You may use color in any or all of the ways we’ve discussed in class this semester:

  • as a compositional tool (either by considering color’s impact on the formal principles of art and/or by utilizing one of the color schemes we studied)
  • as something to set mood or emotion
  • as as symbolic content.


weird_al_importantBe prepared to demonstrate that you have thought through your idea as it relates to the dreamscape theme and to discuss the artistic choices you made particularly in terms of color. Your grade will take into account how well you address your own work. As such, it’s worthwhile to take a few minutes to jot down three or four sentences that explain what you painted and why you painted it the way you did. You can read rather than speak extemporaneously if it’s easier for you.

Other Considerations

  1. Your piece can be any style or subject provided you can explain how what you make relates to the dreamscape theme. This means you can work realistically, stylistically, abstractly or non-objectively with the imagery of your choice.
  2. Your piece must be a minimum of 9″ x 12″ in size.
  3. Your piece can be painted on any material you like: canvas, paper, wood, metal, cardboard, found objects, etc.
  4. Plan to spend AT LEAST 6 hours on this project. It is 20% of your course grade, after all.

Thoughts on Working through Your Project


First off, if you haven’t started yet… ACK! Get going!! If you are struggling, I strongly recommend the following steps to jump start the process.

  1. Research
    Take some time to look at images associated with the ideas you’re considering: photographs, artwork, etc. Do an online image search using a variety of terms related to your concept and save any pictures that strike your fancy to a folder on your computer. You can then use the gathered materials as inspiration and reference.
  2. Generate Ideas Using Thumbnails
    Thumbnail sketches are a quick way to work out what you want to do. Even if you are struggling to come up with an idea, making thumbnails… the act of doing SOMETHING… can jump start the creative process. As Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.”
  3. Refine Composition with Thumbnails
    Once you have settled on an idea, experiment with different ways to lay out your imagery in the way that best suits the mood or concept you want to express.
  4. Plan Your Color
    Remember that color is central to this project (it is a Color Theory class, after all). Therefore, it’s important to consider how you want to use color before you start painting. Do you want to build your artwork using a particular color scheme (complementary, analogous, triadic, etc.)? If so, how will this help create the effect or meaning you are hoping to convey? Should you take advantage of certain colors to create a mood or to embed symbolic content?
  5. Make a Guide Drawing (optional)
    If it helps you to paint more confidently, you can develop your thumbnails into a more detailed guide drawing either directly on the surface or by transferring.
  6. Paint, Paint, Paint!
    Did I mention paint?


As always, if you have questions post a comment or send an e-mail. Now here’s a random batman GIF.


Homework Due for Tuesday, April 26

For class on Tuesday, please find one example of each of the following color schemes in artwork:

  1. Complementary OR Split Complementary
  2. Analogous
  3. Triadic

Place your chosen examples in a comment on this post along with one or two sentences explaining why you selected what you did. I will post a sample comment to help guide you.

More information on color schemes is available here: I will also post my notes from last class when I get back to town on Sunday (I’m on a family trip, and I forgot my hard drive).

In addition to the homework, don’t forget to finish glazing Project 1. Also, do your best to complete  work on your four panels for Project 2. Remember Panel 3 is a realistic painting where you get as close to the hues, values, chromas and temperatures in your still life as possible. Use a full palette. That’s all the tubes of paint you have, party people!

Panel 4 is the playful panel where you can choose more expressive versions of the colors in your still life. If you see yellow, for example, you can paint any yellow you want in that area on panel 4. It need not match what you see.

Questions? E-mail!

Due Tuesday, April 12

Happy Friday, Color Theorists! Reminder time! For next week, please complete each of the following five things:


Make Limited Prismatic Color Wheel #2

Use these primaries…


…for a final product that looks something like this:


Also be prepared to discuss how this color wheel compares to your previous limited prismatic wheel. To that end, think about answers to the following questions:

  1. Are these hues warmer or cooler than those on the last wheel?
  2. Does the paint handle differently?
  3. What do we mean when we call this color wheel “limited prismatic”?


Complete the Homework Assignment


Gather at least one example of a warm and cool version of each primary and secondary color (red, orange, yellow, green blue, violet)  Your examples must be from a magazine, catalog, piece of junk mail, bit of packaging or other found material. Do not use photographs or other examples that you print yourself. That’s a major no no no for this assignment.

Hint: if you are unsure whether a color is warm or cool, use your color wheels or check out some online examples as a guide.

Once you find colors you want to use, cut them into rectangles (or other shapes) and glue them to a substrate.


Make sure to line up the warm and cool for each individual hue in such a way that you can directly compare them. Although you will get credit for simply completing this assignment, the best grades will be given to  those who put some thought into making an interesting visual arrangement/composition from their warm/cool samples.

Optional Bonus Round: for five extra credit points, in addition to collaging a warm and cool version of each primary and secondary, include a neutral version of each color. In other words, find an example not only of a warm and a cool red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, but an example that doesn’t have a color cast: a pure primary or secondary.


Ready Project #1 for Class

Next Tuesday, we will be discussing transparency and direct versus indirect methods of building color.


As part of this, we will complete the final step of Project 1 by layering color on top of our grisaille paintings, a process known as glazing.

If you want to make any refinements to your grisaille, please do it between now and Monday. Stick to black, white and gray, and please note that you should not add any paint to the panel after Monday evening (at the latest). It needs to be completely dry before class.

Of course, if you are happy with your Project 1 painting as is, you do not need to make changes to the grisaille. Just be sure you pack the panel and the color photocopy of your master painting with your bring-to-class stuff. Here is what you need in handy list form.

Needed for Class on Tuesday, April 12

  • Project 1 Panel
  • Project 1 Photocopy
  • Full Palette of Paints
  • Project 2 Paintings
  • Color Wheels
  • Homework Assignment
  • Happy, Happy Student Selves

You do NOT need your Project 2 shadow box, still life and light, since we will not be working on them in class.


Complete Project 2 Panels 1 and 2

Finish painting in the full range of hues, values and chromas for Panels 1 and 2 of Project 2.


The goal for Project 2 (so far) is to match the colors you see as closely as possible. I know it’s tempting to take creative license, but this assignment is about learning to see color and mix it accurately, and that is a large part of how you will be graded. You’ll be able to let your creativity flourish very soon. Promise.

Panel 1 uses ONLY Mars Black, Indian Red Oxide, Yellow Ochre and White.
Panel 2 uses ONLY Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Yellow Medium and White.

You should put as much effort as possible into making these panels well-painted works in and of themselves. Although steps 1, 2 and 3 listed above are most crucial this week, it is important to make time for Project 2 as well so you stay caught up as the semester winds down.

To help you achieve success, I strongly recommend rereading the tips for finishing Panel 1 posted last week.

oppositeFinally, remember what we talked about in class regarding warm and cool colors in shadows and highlights. Opposite! If your light source is warm (which yours are) your light areas have a warm cast. By contrast, your shadows will be cool… at least cooler than the light areas. Make sure you are consistent across your still life. If even one object has shadows that are warmer than the corresponding light area, the whole piece will look a bubble off plumb.

But what about Project 2 Panels 3 and 4?!?


Don’t worry about them. In fact, don’t do anything at all with them right now. I haven’t told you how we’re handling those yet, and it may be different than you expect, Instead, do a good job with the steps above.

And don’t forget to find a few moments for yourself as well this weekend. The end of the semester is stressful, but you have a much better chance of nurturing your sanity if you take some down time here and there.

Besides, it’s spring!


Until Tuesday, dear students.

Task #2 Due Tuesday: Limited Prismatic Color Wheel

For Tuesday, April 5, in addition to completing your earth primary panel for Project 2, create a new color wheel using a limited prismatic primary palette of these three colors:


You will layout and paint this wheel in the same manner as the one you did for the earth primaries. You should be able to get measurements from your existing wheel. Buuuuut.. in case you need a reminder….

Measurement Reminders for Color Wheels

  • Your color wheel will be 7″ in diameter and will fit within a box whose top, right side and left side are 3/4″ corresponding edges of your paper.

  • To determine the center of the wheel, place your ruler between each pair of diagonal corners of the box and make light lines indicating where they cross.

  • To create the circle for your color wheel, tie a string to a pencil. Hold the pencil perpendicular to the surface of the paper and place the tip at the halfway point of one of the edges of the box. Pull the string taut and hold it down at the centerpoint (X marks the spot), and then swing the pencil in an arc.

  • The center spoke of the wheel runs from the vertical halfway point on the right side of the box to the corresponding point on the left side. The vertical halfway point is 3 1/2″ from the top of the 7″ box.

  • To make the diagonal spokes of the wheel, first measure 1 3/4″ horizontally toward the center of the box from both the top right and bottom right corners.  circle_spokesPosition your ruler vertically between these measured points and make two marks where the ruler crosses edge of the wheel. Repeat these steps on the left side. Finally, position your ruler diagonally between the top right and bottom left marks on the circle  and then between the bottom right and top left marks. Make sure your spokes pass through the circle’s centerpoint.

  • Each of the bands of color is about an inch in thickness. Most people find it’s easier to make a neat color wheel if they mark points an inch, two inches and three inches from the tip of each spoke.

As outlined earlier, when painting your wheel, you will use only Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Pthalo Blue to mix. Start by laying out your primary colors in the same position as you did for your earth primary wheel (cadmium yellow goes in the same position as yellow ochre, etc.)color_wheel_comparison

Next mix your secondaries, neutrals and in-betweens for each pie-shaped section.  A chart with a specific mixes plus some additional tips appears below.


Bonus Nugget (optional)

For five extra credit points, write down an explanation of why many of the colors on your limited prismatic wheel are greenish in cast (including the “neutral” at the center). To get credit, you must go beyond general statements a specific, logically reasoned cause. Two or three sentences should be sufficient.