This gallery explores items from Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection, to explain the mechanics of color theory, a concept developed by artist, designer, and teacher Josef Albers.
Description:This gallery explores items from Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection, to explain the mechanics of color theory, a concept developed by artist, designer, and teacher Josef Albers. Albers developed color theory as a way to describe the "perception of color by the human eye." Color theory plays an integral role in the design of these exhibited quilts, working together with pattern to create remarkably aesthetic pieces. Featured quilts come from around the United States, made in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The exhibit, which is divded into eight themes, examines the interplay of colors to create numerous affects, including gradations, vibrations, mixtures, harmony, contrast, opitcal illusion, variations and singluar visions.
Learning Goals: In exploring this lesson, students will...
- Study color theory in relation to these quilts highlights the artistry and practicality behind quilt-making.
- Appreciate other artworks that employ the techniques of color theory.
This discovery will require students to...
- Look at color theory through the Pilgrim/Roy exhibit in order to help viewers examine the effect of color and pattern more generally, strengthening critical thinking skills when it comes to viewing other artforms.
Using this Resource: This resource is appropriate for grades 9-12 in art historical contexts, such as studio art or art history classes. It is equally useful for adult learning and general art education courses. Supplementary materials and activities are available for download at the bottom of this page under Related Resources. Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from April 6, 2014 through July 27, 2014. The collection includes 60 quilts from the personal collection of artists Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy, with pieces ranging from the 19th to early 20th century. This resource, among other, can be used to supplement a tour of the collection or independently to demonstrate various historical and artistic themes. The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web source - or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries - to look for other objects that will provide further insights into this exhibition.