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Fall Class

Color Mixing Beyond the Rainbow

  • Instructor: Elizabeth de Bethune
  • Ages: Adult and Teen 14+
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Dates: 09/26/2023 - 10/24/2023
  • Sessions: 5
  • Fee: $185 / $167 Members / $157 Senior Members
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    We will use acrylic gouache for this class. It’s a matte, opaque acrylic paint.

    Brands: Holbein and Turner

    You can either buy paint sets OR buy individual tubes

    Option 1: Paint sets Holbein has a basic color set that has good colors for the work we will do: Holbein Acrylic Gouache 12ml Set of 12 (@ $35 at Jerry’s) Turner Acryl Gouache Paint Set of 12, 20ml Colors ($32.59 at Jerry’s) (Get the one that has these colors: White, Jet Black, Permanent Lemon, Permanent Yellow Deep, Permanent Scarlet, Permanent Red, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Green Light, Permanent Green Middle, Sky Blue, Cobalt Blue (Hue), Violet.)
    Option 2: Individual tubes: (Turner is much cheaper than Holbein) 40ml tubes @$7 or 20ml– @ $4 at Jerry’s Color list if buying individual tubes. Note that there are 2 versions of each of the primary colors plus green. Please get both colors. Sometimes, more than one color is listed, so you can choose which to get. It’s okay if a color lists “hue” after the name.
    Reds: 1. Cadmium Red Light or Venetian Red 2. Carmine,
    Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Red
    Blues: 1. Ultramarine Blue 1.     2. Cerulean Blue or Sky Blue
    Yellows: Yellows:

    1. Cadmium Yellow Light or
    Cadmium Yellow Lemon

    2. Cadmium Yellow Warm,
    Cadmium Yellow Deep, or
    Permanent Yellow Deep
    Greens: 1. Viridian 2. Sap Green, or Permanent Green Light
    Also get: Large tube of white: Titanium White or Mixing White (turner) 40ml

    Ivory Black (20ml ok)

    Optional: Deep Purple

    Yellow Ochre



    watercolor grade

    I use synthetic sable or squirrel. At Jerry’s, the brands I use are Mimik synthetic sable (Kolinsky) or squirrel (creative mark), or Beste Taklon (creative mark). Other brands are fine as long as these are good water color brushes.

    Flats (might also be called a wash/glaze brush): These sizes, one of each: 1”, ½”, ¼” Or 12, 8, 4, 2

    Should be able to hold a lot of paint and come to a fine point

    These sizes, one of each: 12, 6, 4, 2


    Paper Block of 140 lb 9×12 watercolor paper
    Palette knife 2’’ trowel is good, but if you already have a palette knife, just use what you have
    Palette A palette pad, or any large flat piece of white plastic is good

    Masterson Sta-wet brand can seal and paint will mostly stay wet

    You have to also purchase the paper liners and the sponge that go under them.

    Other necessary items Water container

    Painting rag (paper towels are ok)


    Drawing board

This class has reached its capacity of students.

Ever look at the colors in your palette and wonder how to get the right shade of red or blue, for example, to match that red rose or pair of blue jeans you’re trying to draw or paint? In this class, we will review the basics of painting with acrylic gouache and how to mix colors from paint tubes to match observed colors. We will also learn how to create dimension and space with color. Topics covered include what brushes to use and how to use them, what colors of paint to use for a basic palette, how to set up your paint workspace, and what to paint on. In addition, expand your artistic knowledge in terms of color theory in art history, specifically in western art. Color mixing exercises will give you a better understanding of value ranges, saturation ranges, and temperature. Finally, painting from observation (still lifes) will allow you to apply all these wonderful topics and techniques to your own work!