Intermediate Painting: What Color Does
Instructor: Erin Raedeke
“There are four elements that ultimately determine quality and meaning in painting. One, the color you choose and how much. Two, where you put it; three, in what manner. The fourth is outside you, and that is life.” -Larry Rivers.
Color is one of the most powerful elements to control the design and feeling of a painting. Working primarily with uncommon still life objects as well as the clothed model, the class will explore:
- Various limited and more expansive color palettes,
- the art of color mixing,
- color vocabulary (hue, value, intensity, temperature),
- color harmony and unity
- the role color plays in creating space and form,
- how context affects color relationships,
- how color creates movement and emphasis on the surface of the painting,
- attention to quantity, location and balance,
- and the mood and feeling coming out of color.
Oil paint on canvas is the preferred medium, but students are welcome to work with acrylic paint as well.
Who is this class for: This class is most ideal for those with some previous basic life drawing and painting skills. It will provide tools and language for deepening understanding of the crucial role of color in painting.