Color for Painters (Online)

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 Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

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 – using value, temperature, and 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:

  • A set of the following colors all in oil, or all in acrylic, depending on which medium you choose to work with:

    • Titanium White (large tube)
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium
    • Cadmium Red Medium
    • Burnt Siennav
    • Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone
    • Cerulean Blue
    • French Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Blue
    • Viridian
    • Phthalo Green
    • Burnt Umber
    • Ivory Black
  • Two metal clip-on cups for medium (oil painters)

  • One plastic quart-size container such as from large yogurt (acrylic painters)

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

  • Palette knife

  • Brushes: bristle brushes for oil painters (#10 flat, #4 round)

  • Synthetic brushes for acrylic painters (#10 flat, #4 round)

  • A #2 nylon round for both

  • Disposable white palette paper

  • Paper towels

  • Odorless turpenoid (for oil painters)

  • Refined linseed oil (for oil painters)

  • Water (for acrylic painters)

  • Retarder for acrylic paint (optional)