P229 - Beyond the Color Wheel: Exploring Color and Pigment (in acrylic paint)
This is a color-mixing workshop that will give you a deeper understanding of your paints and pigments. We will begin by exploring value (light and dark), saturation (brightness), and transparency. Spend the first day delving into your paints, coaxing them into colors and configurations you never dreamed of! On the second day we will develop personal color palettes, using harmonies and contrasts that speak to you. This is not your mother’s Color Theory class, nor is it about prescribed color schemes that “work.” It is about the mechanics of color and pigment. Seeing color through this lens will allow you to develop your personal style and express who you are with paint.
A basic understanding of color relationships and terminology are required for this class. Terms you should be familiar with: primary, secondary, tertiary, complementary, analogous, value, saturation. If these are all terms you understand, you can take this class.
Supply list to bring to class:
Paints: bring all your acrylic paints. I recommend the following:
Paper: Smooth printmaking paper, such as Stonehenge (this is what I use), or smooth, hot-press, watercolor paper, cut to 8”x8” or 8”x10” or 10”x10”; about twelve pieces.
Glazing Medium or Glazing Liquid: this keeps your paints wet longer, and extends (dilutes) them.
Matte Medium: I recommend Utrecht (available at Blick) for collage applications.
Brushes: bring what you are comfortable with. Look at my Favorite Materials page on my website for a link to the brushes I use. Several sizes.
Palette Knife: for mixing paints on the palette
Palette: pad of paper style disposable palette
Container for water
Big Fat Roll of Paper Towels
Supply fee is $5 paid to instructor at beginning of class:
Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact:
For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.