Color for Painters

An in-depth and practical examination of the role of color in painting, from selecting and arranging palettes to the effects of paint layering. Explore color mixing strategies, color interactions, and perceptual influences, through instructor demonstrations. A broad overview of color theory will give you a foundation for mixing color and selecting your palette.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

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:

  • Oil (Gamblin) or acrylic (Golden) paints. Colors: Ivory Black or Carbon Black; Transparent Red Oxide; Yellow Ochre; Ultramarine Blue; Napthol Scarlet, Pyrole Red light; Indian Yellow; Quinacridone Magenta or Magenta; Lemon Yellow; Cobalt Teal; Titanium White

  • Glass jar

  • Pallet knife

  • Fredrix canvas pad, 11×14” or 9×12”

  • A variety of brushes, synthetic, flat, round, and filbert

  • White paper disposable pallet, 11”x14”

  • Rags or paper towels

  • For oil colors only: gamsol or terpenoid; neomeglip and or alkyd ligh

  • For acrylic colors only: Golden retarder; Golden glazing medium