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ColorFest for Adults - July & August 2011

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ColorFest for Adults - July & August 2011

ColorFest for Adults
July & August 2011

As part of this summer’s two-month long ColorFest, the Exploratorium is offering Adult Seminars featuring how-to and hands-on explorations of the science of color, art, and perception. During weekends from July 10 through August 6, learn the ins and outs of synesthesia, create your own paints from pigments, or learn about the language of color from a color-branding expert for Apple and Nike. ColorFest is a celebration of light and color. Stay tuned for the launch of a new ColorFest website featuring a calendar full of performances, films, exhibits, activities, demonstrations and other colorful events, to be announced.

And don’t miss the Exploratorium After Dark programs on the first Thursday of every month. Featuring cocktails and colorful exploration, the themes of the July and August After Dark are red and blue. For more details on After Dark: Red, a celebration of the color of passion and pageantry, go to http://press.exploratorium.edu/exploratorium-after-dark-red-july-2011/.

Read more about ColorFest programming, including ColorFest for Adults, the Oaxacan Dyes and Textiles Demonstration, and the ColorFest Chromatic Cinema Series.

Sunday, July 10, 2011
ColorFest Adult Seminar: The Colorful Science of Synesthesia and Aesthetics

Saturday, July 16, 2011
ColorFest Adult Seminar: Industrial Design and the Vocabulary of Colors

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Colorfest Adult Seminar: Making Paint with Dry Pigments
10 am-12 pm

Join Alex Warren, founder of Sinopia Pigments and Materials, for an in-depth seminar exploring all steps needed to make paint from scratch using pigments. The class will cover an introduction into the different types of pigments, the advantages of making your own paint, and how-to demonstrations. Price: $100 ($85 for members); includes 8-color dry pigment set.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
ColorFest Adult Workshop: Physics of Color
1-4 pm

Join Paul Doherty, PhD Senior Staff Scientist at the Exploratorium and author of Colors of Nature, in an exploration of color via Exploratorium exhibits and hands-on experiments. We’ll build a spectroscope using a compact disk and break light apart into its components. Price: $70 ($60 for members).

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Colorfest Adult Workshop: Dye Like a Natural
1-4 pm

The art of natural dyeing has been practiced since ancient times. Join Julie Yu, PhD staff scientist with the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute and repurpose plant and animal materials to create a variety of natural dyes. Combine these with metal mordants to explore how to transfer pigments onto natural fibers and discuss the chemistry of color. Come learn how to stain your clothes on purpose! Price: $70 ($60 for members).


Presenter Bios

Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of synesthesia, which he also experiences. He also dedicates time to creating accessible education and mentorship for non-science audiences. In 2007, he co-founded a K-12 outreach program called Mind and Brain Outreach that brings graduate students into schools to teach about their love of the mind and brain. He has given many talks for scientific and public audiences (grade school to adult) at conferences, grade schools, and at TEDx Berkeley. Alvarez is currently coordinating the Human Atlas Project, with a mission to celebrate the beauty of living systems with a Google Earth-like atlas for the body that scales from organs to atoms, is fully 3D interactive, and shows active biological processes.

Karen Schloss received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2011. Her research is on visual perception with a focus on color aesthetics. She has done studies investigating the origin of color preferences and why people like some colors more than others. Schloss also discovered which factors determine preference for color combinations. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, with a major in psychology and minor in architecture, and studied color theory at Parsons. Schloss also worked at the Color Association of the United States where she helped with color consulting, color forecasting, and color naming. She enjoys playing with colors in all facets of her life!

Beatrice Santiccioli has been involved in graphic design, color branding and forecasting for over 20 years. As a graduate of the Art Institute of Firenze Italy and Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milano, Santicciol's studies include color continuity and graphic design, with her main focus on creating color palettes for suites of products. Since 1996, she has worked in collaboration with Apple Inc.’s ID Group, designing colors for Apple's product, from the original iMac to the Nano-chromatic iPod. Santicciol's diversity of experience ranges from designing hundreds of watches for Swatch to designing colors for Nike’s original eyewear line to creating a new palette for a line of premium papers from Gilbert Paper. She lives in San Francisco and Firenze Italy.

Alex Warren has been a practicing artist in the Bay Area for over 20 years. After graduating the San Francisco Art Institute, Warren founded Sinopia Pigments and Materials in 1995. Warren started Sinopia because he found the sterile environment of most art supply stores very uninspiring. Additionally, he felt that if an artist wants to pursue a professional career, s/he should know the make-up of the tools utilized. From its humble beginnings, Sinopia has grown into a global mail order company servicing the needs of artists working in all media and artisans working in the decorative and construction trades.

Paul Doherty is a physicist, teacher, author, and rock climber with a Ph.D. in solid-state physics from MIT. Since 1986, when he joined the Exploratorium staff, he’s been teaching secondary physics and physical science teachers who attend the museum’s Teacher Institute, and he consults on many projects and programs throughout the museum. He’s published dozens of articles and coauthored several books including (with Don Rathjen) the Exploratorium Science Snackbook, which provides instructions for building classroom-sized versions of more than 100 Exploratorium exhibits and explains the underlying science. Prior to his life at the Exploratorium, Doherty taught a wide range of science courses at Oakland University in Michigan, including physics, astronomy, and geology. And his personal best climb? The East Buttress of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

Julie Yu is a scientist in the museum’s Teacher Institute where she works with teachers to create hands-on activities for teaching math and science. With a broad interest in all sciences, she has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, with a minor in molecular and cell biology. Since joining the Exploratorium, she has developed ways to do numerous science activities (from making batteries to gel electrophoresis) at a fraction of their typical cost. When not in the classroom, Yu is usually doing science in her kitchen, pursuing a tender roast or the perfect soufflé.

For more information on the Colorfest schedule of events, buy tickets, shop for a rainbow of color-making items - or just learn more about the spectrum and physics of color perception, visit the Colorfest web site at: http://www.exploratorium.edu/colorfest

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