Neuse, Jon – Color Workshop


In this workshop you may work with acrylics, oils or watercolors


Paints: 2-ounce tubes or about 60 mml each of any paint.  Different brands of paint have different names for their colors.  Choose colors that are neither too dark nor too light. 

Acrylic Paint Watercolors Oil Paint**
Cadmium Red Cadmium Red Cadmium Red
Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Yellow
Ultramarine Blue Ultramarine Blue Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Orange Orange Cadmium Orange
Permanent Green Green Medium Green
Medium Violet Violet Purple or Violet
Titanium White Titanium White Titanium White

    **If working with oil paint you must bring and use only odorless mineral spirits for your cleaning solvent.

Any store or website will have a variety of brands, colors and qualities.  Buy what your budget can allow but know that cheaper paints contain less color pigment in volume. A starter set containing primary and secondary colors in any of the mediums should be adequate for this workshop.  If a set does not include Titanium White, add a separate tube of Titanium White to your purchase.  Any hardware store will have odorless mineral spirits for your cleaning solvent.


Papers: If working in watercolor several single sheets or a pad of 140# (300 gsm) or heavier watercolor papers.  Acrylic or Oil users bring single sheets or a pad of 100# (270gsm) Vellum • Smooth • 9”x12” or 14”x17” • Any brand


Brushes And Palette Knife: Bring a variety of inexpensive brushes.  Paper towels for drying brushes and a palette knife.  Water can for cleaning brushes.


Workshop Agenda

  • 9:00 AM
    Introduce workshop, participants, and instructor
    Discuss color theories, how to use a color wheel
  • 10:0 AM
    Demonstration and Mixing colors and making a color chart
  • 12:00 PM
    Demonstration and Color recipes for specific colors and uses
    Artists work on their own; sharing materials as needed
  • 3:30 PM
    Critique the work that is made during the workshop
    Answer questions and review the glossary
  • 4:00 PM
    End of the workshop



A Twenty-one two-sided handout is to be made available to each participant.  Included in the handout: Workshop format and timing, Basic Principle of Art, Johannes Itten and Josef Albers Color Theories, Basic Palette arrangement, Color Formulas and Recipes, Color Chart, Color Theory Glossary, Color Theory Bibliography

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June 8, 2019