The lecture series with Silvermine Guild artist and Faculty member, David Dunlop, returns to the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan on Sunday, March 11, at 4:30 p.m. with "More on Color."

Dunlop's lectures are stimulating, fun, and sell out quickly, often with standing room only. Each lecture is unique and Dunlop brings insight into his discussions, actively involving the audience. He is well-read, searching for the underlying principles of art, exploring original sources and recent advances in neuroscience. That he is eager to share his discoveries is reflective in the titles of his lectures.

His lecture, "More on Color" on March 11, is no exception. In this lecture, attendees will learn why cresting waves look green, sunsets are red and Van Gogh painted his face orange. Here is a closer look at the phenomena of vision as it moves from light to pigment to eyeball to brain and at last, into art. The second lecture on color examines how the eye fools the brain and the brain fools the eye; how color perception works as it adjusts to changing light; how painted colors go dull or brilliant; how surfaces can affect color perception and brightness; how paint works in its evocation of color from flat to deep; how it creates effects of translucence and gloss to impenetrable matte effects; and how artists create variegated iridescence or uniform opacity. The lecture examines how painters and photographers use relative difference to magically turn our perception of dark gray into white, and white into gray, without altering the paint. He will examine the effects of reflectance and shadow as the determinant of color and recognition and will show what 21st century artists are doing with reflectance and color.

A resident of Wilton, Dunlop has been a teacher at the Silvermine School of Art since 1993. He has given art history lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has been a visiting artist/lecturer at multiple institutions, including the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, Katonah, N.Y.; the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt.; and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ariz.

Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His work is nationally known and featured in many prominent collections throughout the United States and abroad. Galleries and institutions have granted Dunlop solo shows since 1981. He also hosted and wrote the 2009 Emmy Award-winning PBS television series "Landscapes Through Time."

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All lectures are held at the School of Art Auditorium and ticket prices are $10 per person for members and $12 per person for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, call the school office at 203-966-6668, ext. 2, or visit

Silvermine Arts Center is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Located on a four-acre campus, the center is comprised of a nationally renowned artist guild, award winning school of art offering multi-disciplinary art classes for all ages, a gift shop and galleries, offering more than 20 contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. The center also provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a lecture series and special programs throughout the year. Silvermine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.