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Color Study

Color sketch
Color sketch by Cassandra Ronning

One-day still-life studies

This class will be focused on one-day studies of a still life in color. The student will begin each class with a quick 20-minute sketch of the still life in paint. The rest of the class will be focused on color mixing, application, and manipulation of paint on the canvas using brushes or palette knives. Each week will be a new still-life setup in order to study new textures, colors and shapes.

Studies, especially done in color paint, are the basis of all finished works. This class attempts to give the student more confidence in applying paint to a surface, relieving the fear of making mistakes in paint by making those mistakes and then correcting them. Only through experimentation with application of paint on the canvas do we learn to create different effects. We will also focus on quick adjustments to value, color, and drawing with differing brushes and mixing color on the palette or directly on the canvas.

Some experience in drawing is recommended as much of the class will be in paint application and not perfection of drawing skills. All levels are welcome! This class will not be focused on completing a refined, finished piece but for practice, exploration and fun! Email Cassandra Ronning at for questions and suggested supply list.

Fall session: 14 weeks, $285

Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Mon. 4:00pm–6:30pm Cassandra Ronning