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1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-2278

New Workshops

Secrets of color harmony


Secrets of color harmony

Taught by Karen Lynn Ingalls

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10 AM — 5 PM both days — bring a lunch!

at the Calistoga Art Center, 1435 North Oak Street, Cropp Bldg, Calistoga

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Do you wish you could get your colors to work together more harmoniously in your paintings? 

Colors can be like children – sometimes they just don't play together well, and it’s frustrating when they don’t. How do you change that? How do you make colors play – and work – together well in a painting?

In this two-day workshop, you will learn foolproof secrets of creating beautiful, harmonious color in your paintings – and you'll put them into practice!

You will learn and apply ten specific, surefire methods of creating color harmony. 

You will also learn about color wheels (two kinds), complementary colors, and color mixing, and you'll practice what you've learned. Then you will experiment with different color palettes, using acrylic paints, so you can compare and contrast the results of making different color choices.

Next, you will learn how to introduce new colors into your work and ensure they all play well together, how to recognize and work with warm and cool colors, and more. We'll do all this with friendly, versatile, water-soluble acrylic paints — but what you learn will be applicable to other media as well.

You'll also learn more about how and why colors work with – or against – each other, how and why the same color changes depending on where you use it, and how to use that knowledge to create stronger compositions. It's color theory, simplified and made practical, so that you can apply what you learn in your own paintings.

Over the course of the weekend, you will create your own book of examples that you can use as an invaluable color reference later. And you will receive Karen's mini-book on The Secrets of Color Harmony, as a resource.

Taming those uncooperative colors really isn’t as hard as it may seem, once you know these secrets and have a chance to put them into practice.

Cost:  $185 for CAC members and $210 for non-members, materials not included

Materials fee: $25, payable to the instructor (all the materials you'll need to use are provided, including paints, paper, brushes, palettes, your book materials, and Karen's mini-book on The Secrets of Color Harmony)

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