Choosing and Mixing Color

Saturday, Dec 2 - Jan 20

Pattern showing many possible combinations of blue, yellow and white.

These are colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel.

My popular eight-week class on the deliberate, mindful use of color in painting. Use the media of your preference and spend time in class painting, applying the concepts you’ll be learning. Take home color theory exercises designed to help you keep your color options open as your painting progresses. All students have access to the student-only part of this website, full of additional resources. $200 for six 3 hr sessions.

The focus of this class is on the application of color knowledge to the work you already do. While color theory might be mentioned, it will be more important to achieve clarity on the role color plays in your work, and on how to use it to deliver the message you find most important.

Introduction to the concept, and short exercise in the first 1.5 hours. Painting – independent application of the concept in the next 1.5 hours. Optional homework will be assigned on some weeks. Students are encouraged to complete, from memory or from a photo, any unfinished work begun in class.

Session 1 – Dec 2
Introductions. Goals for this class. Discussion of personal goals. Review of materials and supplies. The nature and quality of seven basic pigments. Warm and cold colors.

Session 2 – Dec 9
Making secondaries, and chromatic blacks and greys with synthetic and natural hues.

Session 3 – Dec 16
Mixing browns and flesh tones. Purple, violet, pink and lavender. The role of muted colors.

Dec 23 – No class

Session 4 – Dec 30
How to mute saturated colors. The influence of layers in a painting.

Session 5 – Jan 6
When to use a limited palette.

Session 6 – Jan 13
Achieving a mood through color harmonies.

Jan 20
Reserve this day for a potential make-up session in case I get sick and cannot teach a class.

Registration fees can only be refunded in full if canceled up to three days (72 hrs) before class. With less than 72 hrs but more than 24 hrs notice, you receive 75% of your registration. If you give less than 24 hrs notice and do not attend the first class, you’ll receive 50% of the registration fee. No refund will be given to students who attend the first class but decide not to continue.