Light and Color: The Science of Art

Explore the fusion of science and art with this innovative class on human perception of light and color. Study various optical illusions using scientific analysis to understand the human psychology behind the science of art. Register today.

Key Program Information
Categories Continuing Education Youth and Community Programs Community Classes for Adults
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in learning something new! Whether you’re a budding artist or just have a curiosity for color, this course is for you. Those interested in science and human perception will probably also find this course interesting.

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Program Description

Use art to learn about the way you perceive your world

Do you ever wonder how artists seem to take almost nothing and create something moving and marvelous out of it? Learn how artists overcome obstacles imposed by physics and biology to reach their artistic potential. Join budding artists, members of the science community, and those just curious about the phenomenon of optical illusions in this new and exciting course. Explore the science behind how your brain can trick your eyes into seeing things it doesn’t learn how these perceptions can shape the world you live in. Through real life examples, and expertise from an Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, you are guaranteed to learn something new about the human perception of art and science.

No need to have a background in science or technical expertise. You will cover everything, including:

  • Nature of light and optical phenomena
  • Perception and psychology of color
  • Scientific analysis of visual arts
  • Physics of shadows and reflections
  • The processes surrounding our sense of sight



Tom Lockhart is an Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UW‐Eau Claire. He taught at UW‐Eau Claire for 34 years before retiring in 2015. Tom taught a wide variety of courses at every level, including the optics for physics majors and an honors course in Light and Color intended for nonscience majors. His research interests were in optics, acoustics, fluid dynamics and computer data acquisition. Tom has a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Heidelberg College and an M.A and Ph.D. in physics from Kent State University. In 2011, Tom was the UW‐Eau Claire nominee for the 2011 Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award.

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