Color Principles and Strategies



Offered for all skill levels: A fun and practical overview of the principles and techniques of color harmony, color mixing and how to apply this to your art. This workshop is for anyone working with any media or material; painting, drawing, digital design, etc. Participants will be introduced to color dynamics and relationships based on the easy to understand subtractive color model (red, yellow, blue). The group will discuss and practice accurate color matching and mixing while creating personal images that relate to the color relationships and harmonies we explore, using either oil, watercolor, acrylic or gouache. Students can use any liquid media (paint) they choose to bring.

Some of the topics covered will be: Working with a limited, monochrome, duotone & three-color “dead” palette • Navigating a “full” prismatic palette • Understanding color temperature relationships • Seeing and adjusting for chromatic value • Creating visual narratives through dynamic chromatic saturation • An overview of different brands of trustworthy pigment recommended for each medium.  



This is the first in an ongoing series of workshops held in the gorgeous studio of Dawn and Bruce Emerson at the base of Smith Rock with stunning views of the Cascade Range.  Sign up soon as numbers are limited.

Following are details of our most recent workshop and workshop location.

Please check back for our summer 2020 workshop schedule