Color: A Cultural and Scientific Journey

This class will explore humankind's extraordinary relationship with color. Each week we’ll reveal the meanings that have been attached to a primary or secondary color and the ways colors have shaped culture and imagination. We will uncover the essences of red, yellow, blue, orange, green and violet (the primary and secondary colors), based on their properties and visual resemblances. And what about black and white? Are they true colors or just shades? We will also trace the roles that colors have played in both culture and history and learn how understanding their influence allows us to see and appreciate many of art history’s most important milestones ─ from Bronze Age gold-work to the radical ways Titian, Turner, and Rothko employed this spectrum.

Note: This course will not meet on Wednesday, February 15, and will resume the following Wednesday.


Group Leader: BETH SANDERS
Venue: online
Meets on: Wednesdays 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting: 2/8/2023
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 24
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: Optional
Group Leader Biography:

Beth Sanders has BA in art and graduate study in gastronomy and art. She has pursued an artistic, culinary and botanical path in Padua and Rome, Genolier, Switzerland, Durham NC, Portland ME, and Boston.  She has served as a docent, artist-in-residence and advisory board member at Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University, and as a master gardener for Durham County Extension Service. Currently, she is a docent at the Portland Museum of Art and its Winslow Homer Studio as well at the Boston Athenaeum and the Public Garden. She is a Gallery Instructor at the MFA and past Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board. She has led seminars in various topics and piloted one of the virtual courses for BHS in early 2020.