FAQ



What is the Color Lab?

The RISD Color Lab is an open space where visitors can come to study, work, think, play, and learn about the one aspect of art and design that draws us all together : COLOR.


Who can visit the Color Lab?

Because the Color Lab is a non-departmental, interdisciplinary space, every member of the RISD community is welcome.


What resources does the Color Lab offer?

For an up-to-date listing of our resources, please check here, but some highlights include:
  • Over 300 common and rare dry pigments (some for your use, some for display)
  • Over 50 books covering a wide breadth of topics related to color study
  • A Sony 55 inch LCD display with Apple TV for testing color correction issues in displaying your digital work (or for watching movies while you work in the Lab).
  • A collection of laboratory glassware and an induction hot plate that can be used to mix and experiment with a variety of artist’s materials


What kinds of events take place in the Color Lab?

Throughout the year, there is a wide variety of events that happen in the Color Lab, but a few common events include:
  • Free lectures and panel discussions about color-related issues
  • Scheduled classes that focus on color
  • Critiques, both private (for particular classes or groups) and public
  • Student-curated exhibitions
  • Openings for exhibitions in our storefront gallery space
  • Presentations from industry on color-related materials, topics, and opportunities

   

What can I do in the Color Lab?

  • You can mix your own paint.
  • You can use our library to conduct research about color.
  • You can perform your own color experiments using different pigments, dyes, and inks.
  • You can use our Pantone swatch library to research and plan your printing projects.
  • You can use the Color Lab as a work space to further the color component of your projects and assignments.
  • You can schedule and host a color-focused critique of your work.
  • You can propose an exhibition in our gallery space.
  • You can test our current offering of free samples from various companies.
  • You can meet one-on-one with our staff to discuss and receive guidance on color-related issues in your art and design work.

The Color Lab offers a growing collection of books, pigments, swatch binders, fan decks, color models, and many other material resources that are geared toward helping further your understanding of and ability to deploy color in your own work.  Visit regularly as we are constantly adding resources.
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The RISD Color Lab is an open space where visitors can come to study, work, think, play, and learn about the one aspect of art and design that draws us all together : COLOR

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Spring 2020 Hours
Wednesday – Friday, 12 – 8pm
or by appointment.

Visit The Color Lab
Please contact us to schedule classes, visits, lectures, or study sessions in the lab.

colorlab@risd.edu