Color for Painters

A condensed course that takes a look at color in practice. We will examine 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:

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

  • Learn a variety of color mixing strategies, and how to use value, temperature and chroma to manage mixtures

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

  • Use color as a tool to create realistic depictions by mimicking the effects of light and space

Required supplies:

  • Paints in the following 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 are 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 containers work well)