Joy Turner Luke  Artist, Author, Activist Winchester, Virginia

Joy Turner Luke
Artist, Author, Activist
Winchester, Virginia

Joy Turner Luke

Joy Turner Luke wrote and illustrated "The Munsell Color System, A Language for Color" published by Fairchild Publications as the text accompanying the first three editions of the Munsell Student Color Set. Working as an artist and teacher for over 50 years, Joy has participated in many exhibitions, and taught numerous color in composition and design classes.

Wednesday, June 13 - AM General Session
Munsell's Vision for Teaching Artists

Even though Munsell ended up a business man, with a focus on selling a system of color identification, he started out as an artist attempting to find a way to teach color that would help artists of all ages to harmonize color.

Munsell was an artist. He went to and taught at an art school. He painted portraits on commission. He had a painting studio in the Back Bay of Boston. His first ideas were about teaching color harmony and they were a bit strange - giving children muddy colors for example. His system was used initially in products sold for use in teaching art to children. If you read his diaries you see that he spent many years lecturing teachers and art educators about his system.

But as he explored color science more and more, he began advocating for teaching what he called "Color Sense" rather than "Color Theory".