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Light: Design and Analysis (Scobie)

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In this intensive, we will:

  • learn about the visible and invisible light spectrum using a wireless linked spectroscope to examine and analyze the quality of different light sources and the relationship of light and aesthetics.
  • experiment with light, reflection, shadow-casting, translucence, light color and ‘temperature’, etc.
  • learn about wiring light fixtures and different electrical light sources
  • possibly take a field trip or two to see examples of light design.

You will:

  • keep a combination notebook/sketchbook for the week.
  • design and prototype one or more of your own lamps. It might be a wall light (sconce), a ceiling light (pendant), and a table or desk light (lamp)
  • as time allows, build a fully finished version of at least one of your designs

Things to consider

  • If you like the idea of having one or more really beautiful gifts to give yourself or the school, or someone else at the end of the intensive week, this might be the right choice for you.
  • This intensive is a chance to do very organic construction work or very technical/mathematical/geometric design work, or both.

If time allows we might also:

  • Do a long-exposure photo shoot using “light painting” techniques.
  • Work on a group light design project requiring group labor.


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Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.