Color for Painters

A condensed course that takes a look at color in practice. It examines color mixing methodologies, color perception, and color interactions through demonstrations and execution of small still-life paintings. Appropriate for beginners, and ideal for intermediate and advanced students.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Use complementary and split complementary colors to energize your pictures and alter viewer perceptions

  • Learn a variety of color mixing strategies – using value & temperature & chroma to manage mixtures; methodologies

  • Learn to exploit the visual interactions of color to enhance color perception

  • Use color as a tool to mimic the effects of light and space with realistic depiction

Required supplies for this workshop:

  • Colors (this is a suggested minimum palette, but experienced painters may use their customary colors): titanium white, black, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue

  • Paper towels

  • Palette

  • Approximately 11″ X 14″ canvas (1 each week; 4 total)

  • Painting knife with offset handle – metal recommended

  • Assorted sizes and shapes of bristle and soft-haired brushes (synthetic brushes recommended for acrylic painters)

  • For Oil Painters Only: Refined linseed oil or prepared oil painting medium, Odorless paint thinner (quart minimum), Palette cup or small container, Large lidded jar (spaghetti sauce size)

  • For Acrylic Painters Only: Acrylic gloss or matte medium, Large container for water (quart cottage cheese works well)