Open Studio: Shadow & Light
Dec 1 2023 | 10am - 5pm

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

A painting featuring a Black skinned child with wild hair casting shadows in serpentine lines across the surface of the canvas. The main colors in the image are blue, black/gray, and peach.

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Artists have used light and shadow across different mediums and styles to convey depth, form, location, atmosphere, and mood in their artworks. The manipulation of light and shadow, also known as chiaroscuro, a Renaissance painting technique, has been a fundamental aspect of art throughout history. Light is also the means through which we can see color through lightwaves in the visible range.

Use the power of light to create a sun catcher, and take a look at how artists utilize shadows and light in their work. Whether aiming for realism, emotional impact, or narrative storytelling, the careful orchestration of light and shadow enhances the visual impact of an artwork, adding contrast, drama, and layers of meaning.

Image Credit: Alfred Conteh, Pearl, 2020. Acrylic and urethane plastic on canvas. Intended gift of anonymous donors. 

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