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Are you teaching colors?

Would you be interested in participating in a series of articles on “teaching color” that will appear regularly on this blog which is an adaptation of the French blog: https://www.vincianelacroix.net/ ?

The purpose of this series is to show the variety of teachings of color, whether academic or non-academic, and the number of fields of application of this subject.

The very existence of such a series thus gives each author a visibility for the general public, in a collective framework; it allows him to express his difference, his pedagogy and the points he finds essential in his context.

Please find below the context of publication, information about the series of articles, the rules of writing, the canvas of the article , the calendar of participation and publication.

Are you in? Please send a declaration of interest before the 15 April 2021. Note that If writing seems too tedious, I can do the article as an interview (via skype) for a few participants.

Context of publication

This is a blog about color, not a report for the Ministry or an association, neither a conference paper. As a medium, the blog is similar to a newspaper, but “lighter”; it is a series of articles for the general public.
I am inspired by the concept of a “carnival of articles” where a blogger invites other bloggers to participate in a series of articles on a given theme; the rules are adapted to the project.

Moreover, the audience is international; the blog https://www.vincianelacroix.net/ is mainly read by French people, then Belgians, Canadians but also Swiss, Luxembourgish, Lebanese, etc… Therefore, the invited experts are not limited to Belgium, even if my network is better anchored there.

This adapted version in English will hopefully attract more nationalities.

The series “Teaching colors”

This series is not meant to be exhaustive. I do not intend to balance it in any way, nor to structure the order of publication (the rule is: first received, first published). However, if there is an interest from authors, readers, or a publisher, a structured publication could come out.

I propose a framework of questions; everyone is free to interpret them in the context of their own teaching. I would be just as happy to receive an article on “Teaching color to adolescents with a loss of meaning” as I would be happy to receive an article on “Teaching color to architects in Germany” or “Teaching color for marketing purposes”.

You are not required to keep the headings and subheadings suggested here as long as the content of the paragraph referring to them is consistent with the title. The main thing is to cover all points. Therefore, respecting the structure will make my task easier. However, you can adapt it if you need to.

Rules for writing

The article as a whole will be original. You are however allowed to copy parts already published if you are the author. The Copyscape software (www.copyscape.com/) will be used to determine if this is the case.

The author remains the owner of his text but undertakes never to publish it elsewhere as long as the blog https://color-time.net/ and the blog https://www.vincianelacroix.net/ exist. Nevertheless, if the collection of articles proves to be interesting, and there is a collective will to follow up on it, this article may be published. If this is the case, your permission will be required.

The article should be a minimum of 2,500 words. The ideal length is 5,000 words (35,000 characters including spaces). Try not to exceed 7,000 words. Articles longer than 9,000 words will not be accepted.

Word, Page (MacOs), and HTML formats are accepted. The layout and typography of your article will be modified to conform to the style of the blog; however, the hierarchical structure will be respected.

Preferably choose a title that explains the context of your teaching. Add a list of 5 keywords for the referencing of your article.

Illustrations are of most importance in an article on color. They will be free of copyright and their author will be mentioned. Make sure there are enough illustrations. Indeed, they support the attention and offer another form of reading especially if they allow to integrate a concept. They should be no more than 800 pixels wide; the recommended size is 600 pixels wide. For aesthetic reasons, keep the same width for all images, combine them if necessary to satisfy this constraint.

These figures will be sent separately and their location will be specified in the text with the file name and a caption.

You can include videos via a given link in the text where the video should appear. However, no video will be stored on the blog space, so please do not send me any.

The article will not contain affiliate links or links to email capture or sales pages.

A French or English version without spelling nor grammatical mistakes is required. If the article meets the publication criteria (length, original parts, points covered), depending on the language, it will be published on the French or English color blog.

For a guarantee of readability, the style of the article must be adapted to the medium that is the blog: short sentences in general (maximum 20 words). Paragraphs of less than 300 words; beyond that, add a title. The active voice is preferred to the passive voice. Avoid repetition.

If the author wishes to publish on both blogs, a basic version in the other language is requested. The Deepl software (https://www.deepl.com/fr/translator) already does a good job. As I am responsible for the quality of the articles on the blogs, I might have to rework a text. Of course I will ask the author’s opinion before publishing the final version. However, please be aware that I do this work on a voluntary basis and that I do not get any financial benefit from it.

As soon as the article is published on the blog, it is also published on the social networks Facebook, Twitter and images can be available on Pinterest.

Canvas of the article

[Introduction by Vinciane Lacroix]

A paragraph will be added at the beginning of the article to introduce you and make possible links with other articles of the blog.

[Context]

Give the context in which you teach color.

[Why?]

Why do you think color should be taught in your context?

[ What ? ]

What are the three (or five) most fundamental aspects of color to teach?

There is no need in this section to make an inventory of everything you teach. Focus on the 3 or 5 essential points. This section is typical of blog posts: “My three best tips for…” or, “7 applications for…”. Explain how these aspects are fundamental to achieving the goals of your teaching.

[How?]

This section refers to the pedagogy and the tools chosen.

For pedagogy, some start from concrete problems, others from questioning, and still others from analyses based on what already exists.

For the tools, some go through the mixing of colors, others use cut out colored papers, while others use screens, software or light generators.

Do not hesitate to share the motivations that led you to the choices you present and to give as much information as possible to the reader. For example, if you mix paints, which medium do you prefer and why?

[Heart of the article]

Provide a sample of your teaching.

Explain your knowledge, show the results, the progress made by your students (with their agreement). Make the readers want to follow your teaching.

[References: your best-off]

1, 3 (or 5) books you recommend and why they are in your TOP list?
1, 3 (or 5) sites you recommend and why they are in your TOP list?
For this section, the ideal is to provide at least one reference in the language of the text (French or English) but references in other languages, even outside of French and English, are perfectly acceptable if they are part of your favorite books on colors.

[Biography]

To finish: a short bio, possibly what brought you to color, in the form of a little story as well as links to your teaching.

Calendar

15th April : 1st May deadline for declaration of interest (please fill the form)
15th June : 15th July deadline for sending article and images
start of publication on the blog when all authors have submitted their article (first received, first published)

Declaration of interest

Please write your name and email below (and click on submit) before 15th April to advice me of your intention to participate.

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