Delving Into COLOR

After a successful retreat painting in Calistoga, there was a unanimous request for a class on color. So… We will gather on a Sunday afternoon to immerse ourselves in color theory and fun.

Oakopolis Gallery Presents
The Color Wheel Class with Sas Colby
MAY 31, 2015 • 12 to 4 pm • $75
447 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Call or email Sas to sign up and send her your $75. Space is limited. The first 10 will be accepted.
SAS COLBY • • 510-841-8827
The most practical and immediate way to learn about color is to mix paint to create your own Color Wheel. Because Beginner’s Mind is a useful state to achieve, for the purposes of this class we will assume that you have never painted and therefore will begin with the most basic instruction.
color wheel
Sas will provide a template for the wheel, printed on Bristol board, and all the paper needed for the workshop. Her reference for this class is Color: A course in mastering the art of mixing colors, by Betty Edwards, Jeremy P. Tarcher, NY, 2004

Here are the supplies you should bring:
Note: It’s OK to substitute gouache for the acrylics if that is your chosen medium.

Acrylic paint in these colors: 
• Titanium white
• Ivory black
• Cadmium yellow pale
• Cadmium orange
• Cadmium red medium
• Alizarin crimson hue
• Cobalt violet hue
• Ultramarine blue
• Permanent green light

Since many in this group already have a painting practice, you probably have most of these colors. If not, you can buy acrylics in either tubes or small bottles. The bottled pigments are slightly easier to handle, since they are ready for painting and don’t need to be thinned with water. Golden paints makes all of these colors and are good quality. Some of us have discovered we like the smooth consistency of Lascaux acrylics, and are doing some research on their comparable colors, since they have a different naming system from Golden.

You will only need one brush to paint your color wheel:
A #8 Round brush for acrylics

For color studies, also bring:
A #12 Flat brush for acrylics

Bring your usual palette or palette paper.

Something I find useful are the covered palettes, such as:
• Sta-Wet Palette 8.5 x 7 inch (plastic, with cover, to keep paint wet)
• A small metal or plastic palette knife for dipping out and mixing pigments
• One or two containers, at least pint sized, to hold water for mixing hues and cleaning brushes.
• A roll of ¾ inch wide low-tack masking tape, sometimes called “artist’s tape”
• A pencil, eraser, and a ruler