It’s been a while since we offered an Applied Color Theory class here in the United States. In the aftermath of the the book’s publication there seems to be interest in a revival or two. So we’ve scheduled two of them, sponsored by Ledet Training, as follows:
*September 11-14, in San Diego
*November 11-14, in Houston
We’ve given into the inevitable and expanded the course to four days instead of three. I’ve been doing a four-day format in Italy for a couple of years now, and with all the new stuff that’s been introduced I no longer feel comfortable jamming everything into three very long days.
Since this is a hands-on course, the absolute limit is eight students. Lectures get followed by sets of exercises, following which the results are compared side by side. This process is known as “the evaluation” in North America, “il bagno di sangue” (the blood-bath) in Italy. Whichever term you like, it’s perhaps the most important part of the course. If I tell you that your work is unsatisfactory, the tendency is not to believe me, because your work does look much better than the original. But if you can see with your own eyes that six people have done better with the same image then there is no room for arguments or hurt feelings, but only for a consideration of what errors you made that caused the problem, or what techniques the others used that you unwisely omitted.
Naturally, the emphasis is on PPW and related techniques, yet the entire first day is devoted to “traditional” methods, and CMYK at that. Without that foundation, nobody can get full value out of PPW, and with nearly 40 hours of class time to play with (the days are long ones, but not the 12-14 hour ones that occasionally happened in the three-day format.
The final day is programmed by the group, which can propose its own images to work on if desired.
I have taught this course more than 200 times now, never the same way twice, continually showing improved techniques, so this slight change to the format isn’t going to be a problem.
It’s a physically demanding experience and a strain on the mental processes, but it’s also a pretty good thing for the career, a source of new friends, and generally rewarding emotionally. If you’d care to join us, all the details can be found here.