RISD Summer Programs Course: Materials Science: Color Lab

Color Lab: Color Studio

Color is one of the most powerful communication tools for designers and visual artists working in all genres. This course will provide the foundation necessary to understand color theory through lectures, demonstrations and museum visits. However, in this studio lab, the primary exploration of color substance and perception will be achieved through the use of gouache, acrylic paint and a variety of colored materials. RISD’s new Color Lab, with its extensive pigment collection and numerous other color resources, will provide the environment for individual color investigation. Students will acquire a vocabulary to articulate color phenomena, and the means to exploit the descriptive and expressive potential of color in their work. A historical and cultural perspective of color will be introduced to inform ongoing color studies executed in the studio. Research and experimentation result in a personalized color-study portfolio that can inform future work.

Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.

Course #1165
Bill Miller

Schedule A
June 22–July 28, 2020
Mondays + Tuesdays
9 am–4 pm

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Bill Miller

Bill Miller currently teaches in the Painting department at Rhode Island School of Design, where his Color Studio course has a broad interdisciplinary following as it makes color theory and its application accessible for painters, artists and designers. He has lectured and conducted workshops on color and paint at numerous colleges, universities and art schools across the US. As an education adviser for Winsor & Newton he has worked extensively with colors, pigments and paint. Miller is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, and has completed professional development work at the Munsell Color Science Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology.