Part 1:


In the first workshop on color relationships and movement, we will start to understand colors and how they work.

We will then go over the primary color system to make sure everyone is clear on that and we have a solid foundation upon which to build

We will learn how colors get their colors.

Then we will move beyond the primary color system to a more effective way to work with color.

We will look on color separation, how one color becomes two, and how to use that to create exciting color and light that we see in the works of artists such as Georgia O’Keeefe and Van Gogh.

We will also work on Color mixing: how to more effectively mix paints to get the colors we want.


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Part 2


In part 2 of the color workshop series, after we will look at the remaining fundamental color relationships.  We will then work with these relationships to learn how to create movement with color.  We will learn to create tension and resolution, separation and moving together of spaces.

Part 3


In this workshop we will take the color theory information we have learned and start thinking about how to use that as a basis of our composition.  Thus we will start thinking about color relationships and color movement as fundamental aspects of our work.

We will also learn about further color principles, including ideas from Kandinsky, van Gogh, Matisse and others.

Topics include:

Composing with colors –

Using 3 primaries relationships

Using the Arnheim’s movements –

Starting with one color, finding colors that come together

Finding a tension movement

Bringing in other tensions and completions as needed

Color movement

Color brightness

Color weight

Complementary completion in a painting

Kandinsky movements

Artists we will study: van Gogh, Matisse, Hiroshige, and others


Part 4


In this final section of the color workshop series, we will introduce some concepts of color interaction from such classic sources as Goethe, Itten and Albers.  This will help us to further see color interactions and colors in context.

We will also take an opportunity to work on all we have learned in the context of a piece.  You can bring in something you have started at home, or start something new.  It can be an original piece, or based on a work of another artist.

We will also look at how different artists have taken a funadmentally different approach to using color, including: Monet, van Gogh,Gaugin Matisse, Bonnard and Miro.

Color is a complex subject that must be seen in the ever changing contexts they produce.