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Color I and II: Exploring Color

Color wheel

Color I Fall Session: This class is packed with information and color mixing. Bring questions and a curious mind. Using the colors of The Atelier's Paxton Palette, students will create color boards and value scales and explore color wheels. Through these projects students will be introduced to color space, gamut, the attributes of color (hue, value, chroma) and temperature, how to mix colors to different color biases, and why a 50/50 mix does not make a middle value or middle color. The presentations will cover the color wheel as it relates to painting with the Paxton Palette, how we see color, mixing “mud,” some color history, demystifying paint tube labels, and more. Each class is mostly work time, part presentation and discussion. Additional time on projects outside of class may be needed (your mileage may vary). Beginners to color welcome. We will work in oil paint. Please contact Christine if you wish to use other media, have other questions, and for the supply list (

Color II Winter Session: Deepen your understanding of color and put color theory to practical use. Learn ways to alter chroma, the relative nature of color, color harmony, simultaneous contrast, and more through a combination of presentations, demonstrations, and assignments. Assignments will include color mixing exercises and painting studies from still-life objects and master works. Color I or a basic understanding of hue, value and chroma are strongly recommended. We will be using the Paxton Palette in oil paint.

Class will be in-person at The Atelier.

Masks required when COVID-19 community level is high.

Fall & Winter sessions: 14 weeks, $335

Session Start Dates

Fall 2022 (Color I)

Day Starting Time Instructor
Thu. 4:00pm–6:30pm Christine Mitzuk

Winter/Spring 2023 (Color II)

Day Starting Time Instructor
Thu. 4:00pm–6:30pm Christine Mitzuk