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Colour Beyond Theory


Wednesdays, October 10, 17, & 24    6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Kim Fjordbotten.

Colour mixing can be a completely intuitive and enjoyable adventure. Unless we get stuck—when it gets frustrating. It takes experience & practice to look at a colour then mix it. Blue & yellow make green, but a Granny Smith apple green will be impossible with the wrong blue. Purple comes from blue & red, but not always. Sometimes green & red make a better purple! No mixed orange will be brighter than Pyrrole Orange. These concepts, and more, will be addressed on the first day of class.

This class series has it all – vocabulary, theory, hands-on discovery, and resource building. You’ll improve the way you see, understand, and mix colours. You’ll learn to make a satisfying palette from just a few colours. You’ll be able to walk up to a 140-colour display at The Paint Spot and easily pick a new colour to spice up your next painting. There will be so many aha! moments – but it does mean you will be making a number of colour references. Good news: there is more than one way to make a colour wheel! Loads of examples will be shared.

 About the Instructor:  Kim Fjordbotten has a BFA in Art & Design and owns The Paint Spot. She has been teaching methods and materials for art-making for more than 20 years. As a member of the International Trade Association she has gained experience in the traditional ways paints are manufactured and endeavours to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in the industry. Her passions are encouraging people to get started in art and helping professionals to get the most from their materials.

Supplies: Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies:

  • 9x12 Acrylic paper pad
  • Brushes: 1/4” & 1/2” acrylic Flat brushes
  • Plastic palette knife
  • 2H pencil
  • Notebook

Please bring suitable art clothes, hand-/teatowel, notepad, snack & drink.

All paint colours provided; bring any colours you have already. Extra colours = more experimentation.

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