In a fun and playful way, Lisa Solomon, author of The Color Meditation Deck and A Field Guide to Color, will help you dip your toes into some general color theory. This class is great for beginners, but meaty enough for those who have some color sense and would like to dig a little deeper. Some general topics will be discussed, including individual pigments/colors, color wheels and schemes, paint transparency, and opacity. We'll start by charting the paint set that you bring, which will help you learn how to identify the value, intensity, and temperature of color. Each brand of paints acts differently, and charting can help you discover the inside scoop of your particular set. You will also be guided in making a personal color wheel, quite different from a scientific one. Finally, Lisa will walk you thru a practice she’s been doing in her own studio for years now: Color meditation. She has found it to be a helpful, low-pressure means to explore color, including her preferences and how to move beyond the same old color palette. The class will be able to use her Color Mediation Deck as the prompt. By the end of class, you will have a better understanding about local color and colorways, as well as how materials, adjacent colors, lighting, cultural influences, etc. can all impact our perception of color.
In class, we will:
• Create a color chart from your watercolor set.
• Create a PERSONAL color wheel (very different from our grade school versions)
• Do a color meditation
• A set of watercolors/gouache [a minimum of 6 colors is suggested]
• At least 1 [more is fine/better] brush
• Watercolor paper or watercolor sketchbook
• cups for water
• rags/paper towels
• optional [but helpful] printouts for chart and color wheel