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Color and the Human Soul

  • The Nature Institute 20 May Hill Road Ghent NY (map)

Color and the Human Soul

Location to be announced
Instruction will be given
January 26-29 (Tuesday-Friday) and February 2-5 (Tuesday-Friday)
from 10-12:30 am. 
Studio space will be open and available throughout the workshop.

The three dimensions of color: when we speak of our soul as “inner life” and contrast it with an “outside“, we experience the soul as imbued with qualities of space.  What do colors, as an expression of the inner life, have to do with the three dimensions of space?
Hue, tonality, and transparency: What are they in the color?  What are they in us?
Transforming perception: How can we deepen our feeling of color into an exact perception we can both rely on and comprehend as painters, teachers or artists or as individuals in any other field of art and life?
Reality and relativity: How real are Colors?  What is the reality of our soul life? 

For those who want to integrate color into their inner and professional lives there are two prerequisites- painting and authentic thinking.  In an intensive eight-day workshop we will work with them both through the above questions.  We will paint with egg-tempera, learn painting techniques and explore various possibilities while at the same time diving deeper into the mysteries of color and their place in our consciousness.  While our point of departure will connect to research from Wolfgang Goethe and Rudolf Steiner, it will need to be brought up to date through the late-modern experience.  Throughout we will enrich our relationship to color and its artistic reality.  Participating in the workshop should grant access to tools that will facilitate individual research in the future.  The exercises and explorations that will be offered are a facet of the 18 years of work and research from the newARTschool in Basel, Switzerland.
This course is recommended for everyone interested in art and anthroposophy, for painters (young and old), for teachers, who might discover new ways to work with children, for artists from every other discipline who have interests in color, and for anyone who has an intensive interest in the reality of the inner life

Suggested donation $0-$850. All of the work at Free Columbia is based on an understanding of the importance of creating free cultural spaces (free as in freedom), therefore there are no set tuitions.

Spaces are limited and registration is required. 
If you have any questions contact
Nathaniel Williams at or 518-672-4090.

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