Make The Paint Work For You

Class Overview

Learn how to use colors in your painting! Understanding color and how to use it is a fascinating subject to explore, and one that will benefit your painting immeasurably.

In this class, you will learn how to use colors comfortably step-by-step. We will explore color theory using the color wheel. Then we will apply knowledge about color to various aspects of painting. We will explore using color for:

  • focal points
  • perspectives
  • light, shadows and highlights
  • form, depth, contrast and volume
  • expressions and enhancements
  • landscapes, figures and still lives

Make the transition from painting what you see to actually putting it on the canvas the way you want. By learning how to use color, your paintings will look closer to what you see in your imagination. You can use these techniques for years to come.


Supplies Needed

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the color wheel, color theory and how to use it for your painting.
  • Understand where to place colors for focal points, lights, shadows, highlights, form, depth, contrast, volume, expression and enhancement.


Who Should Take This Class?

  • Anyone interested in understanding color and how to use it
  • Beginning painters who would like to build new skills
  • More experienced painters who want to explore color more
  • All levels welcome!


Class Details

This class is held online by videoconferencing. It is led by an instructor(s) in real-time as an interactive class experience. To attend and participate fully you will need access to a computer or device with video and a microphone, plus high-speed internet connection. Instructions to access the class will be emailed to you by the instructor or staff member before the class begins.

Note: part of this class might be recorded, for the students and instructor to use for review only; recordings will be deleted after the end of the quarter.


Winter 2022

  • 9 Wednesdays ; Jan 12 to Mar 09 ; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Location : SCONL; Room Online
  • Fee : $239
  • Class ID : 38843 ; SKU : 32192