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ONLINE Color Theory for Painters 6 Week Class

Orange and Green Make Yellow: Color Theory for Painters

Six Installments Online
One lesson weekly beginning January 29th
Fee per student: $150

Class will consist of:
1 video lesson via YouTube per week
1 lesson and project info PDF per week
1 live group video critique per week

Watch each week’s video lesson and complete projects on your own schedule! Once a week a video lesson will be released along with additional information in PDF form. When you complete the lesson’s assignment, email it in to be included in the weekly video critique. This critique will be done live in order to allow for questions and interaction with the instructor, but will be recorded and posted for later viewing. Plus, you will have access to all videos and lesson materials for 6 months!

What you need to participate:
A computer, smartphone, or tablet capable of viewing high definition videos on YouTube, a YouTube account for viewing private lesson videos and live streams, and internet connection, and painting materials (gouache, watercolor, oil, or acrylic). More info and suggestions on materials to come.

What you can expect to learn:
From arranging a color scheme to creating the right mixture, choosing the right colors can be a difficult task. Often painters struggle because they lack a framework for how to think about and understand color.

This class will give you the tools you need to solve both compositional and color mixing problems. Upon completion of this class students will:

  • Understand the color wheel and how it directly relates to specific paint pigments

  • Possess a concrete color vocabulary based on the Munsell system

  • Identify and utilize various color schemes and relationships

  • Learn how color choices affect the mood and focus of a painting

  • Discern how and why color changes with distance in atmospheric perspective

  • Perceive how light and shadow affect color on an object

  • Understand how to choose colors for a palette depending on your subject

  • Recognize popular palettes used by artists

  • Know the appropriate colors to mix together to achieve a desired color

Numerous smaller studies will be completed throughout the course as students put principles learned to use. The goal is to exercise a thorough understanding of the ideas presented and gain experience with the materials in order to empower students in their work beyond the class setting.

This class is perfect for any artist who wants to gain better control over the process of painting and expand their ability to compose an image. It’s also great for those who are new to or a little intimidated by color and would gain confidence through a better understanding of how color and pigments work. Concepts will be applicable to oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other painting media.

What painting materials you will need:
More information coming soon!
Basically, you will need a variety of paint in some media plus surfaces to paint on and brushes to paint with. I will leave some recommendations for sets to purchase on this page ASAP!

Earlier Event: January 27
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