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ONLINE Color Theory for Painters Class


Orange and Green Make Yellow: Color Theory for Painters

Six Lessons Online

This class walks you step-by-step through understanding, mixing, and utilizing color across any medium and subject matter. Lessons progress sequentially with exercises for each concept that help you quickly master color mixing, color composition, and control of form.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Paint Mixing Skills

    • Munsell based color terminology

    • How to control color and value in paint mixtures

    • Understand why you’re getting “mud” in your painting

    • How to mix skin tones

    • Choosing which paints to use for a given situation

  • Using Color to Create Depth and Form

    • Light logic and shading

    • Use hue shifts to show form

    • Atmospheric perspective and using color to create the illusion of distance

  • Color Composition

    • Overview of color schemes

    • Using color to create mood

    • Limited palettes and color gamut

What you get at the Basic Level
Unlimited access to 34 Lesson Videos (Between 4-7 videos per lesson)
Downloadable Lesson and Project PDFs

What you get at the Student Level
Unlimited access to 34 Lesson Videos (Between 4-7 videos per lesson)
Downloadable Lesson and Project PDFs
Personalized feedback on your project work from instructor Lacey Lewis
Participation in our Private Online Community

What you get at the Apprentice Level
Unlimited access to 34 Lesson Videos (Between 4-7 videos per lesson)
Downloadable Lesson and Project PDFs
Personalized feedback on your project work from instructor Lacey Lewis
Participation in our Private Online Community
1hr Skype Call with instructor Lacey Lewis

Watch video lessons and complete projects on your own schedule! Get immediate access to all video lessons, PDFs, . When you complete the lesson’s assignment, you have the option to post it in the forum for critique. You may also use the forum to ask questions and to interact with the instructor and other students. 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, an internet connection, registration at forum.schoolofrealistart.com, and painting materials (gouache, watercolor, oil, or acrylic). Click below for materials information…

Sample Video from Lesson 1

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:
Click the link below:

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