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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas.

Edouard Manet, a contemporary of Degas, once called still life “the touchstone of painting.” Characterized by an interest in the insentient, this genre of art has been popular across movements, cultures, and periods, with major figures like Paul Ce´zanne and Pablo Picasso sharing Manet’s view. The still life gained prominence during the 16th century and is derived from the Dutch word stilleven, but its roots date back to ancient times. Still Life: Color and Light will utilize the practice of observational still life painting with a focus on the history and evolution of color, its organization, relationship, interaction, and arrangement. Color, in a way unlike any other tool in visual communication, is very complex and frequently misunderstood. By focusing on the visual and aesthetic interactions of color, the science of color perception, and the metaphysical nature of color perception, we will create paintings that form a better understanding of the use of color.

Level: Beginner to intermediate. Some drawing experience required.

Classroom: SMFA at Tufts, 230 The Fenway, Room B305

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

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Remission Eligible: Not eligible.

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This section is also open to high school students who are 11th or 12th grade students. High School students who enroll will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

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School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University