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Huntsville, AL: 3-Day Color & Painting Workshop

  • Huntsville Museum of Art 300 Church Street Southwest Huntsville, AL, 35801 United States (map)

To register for this Workshop, please call Laura Smith at 256-535-4350 ext. 222 (email or go to this LINK to sign up.

THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT: The Huntsville Museum of Art 300 Church Street SW Huntsville, AL 35801

From September 28 to 30, 2019, Brian Bomeisler will offer a 3-day course in color, based on the work of Dr. Betty Edwards and her highly-regarded book, Color – A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors (Click here to order on Amazon). 


This is the logical next step and follow-up to your DRSB workshop, but the course is suitable for novices in color as well as more experienced artists who may be using color without a clear understanding or knowledge of color theory.  It is a great course for those wanting to take what they have learned through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and move into color and painting.

Exercises focus on how to use theory to achieve harmonious color, and how to see and efficiently mix specific desired hues.  Brief lectures focus on traditional color attributes such as hue, value, intensity, and various visual perceptual and psychological aspects of color.  Students will then work on still-life paintings using the theory and techniques they learn during the workshop.  For this class, we use acrylic paints because of their versatility, but the techniques can be applied to any painting medium.  We give each student a portfolio of materials, which is included in the tuition cost.


While we may appreciate the beauty and versatility of color, working with colors can be a challenge.  This class will give you confidence in your use of color and help deepen your artistic perception. We advise you to purchase ahead of time Betty Edwards’ book , Color – A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors (Click here to order on Amazon). 

The 3-day color workshop follows the book in content:

  • to perceive how light affects color

  • to understand how colors affect one another

  • to manipulate hue, value, and intensity of colors

  • to balance color in still life paintings

  • to understand how the psychological meaning of colors can apply to your unique color expression and to your surroundings

Day One starts with a slide lecture on various aspects of color followed by students completing paintings of value and intensity scales, then followed by a painted color wheel.  The materials we use in this class are acrylic paint on illustration board but what's learned can be translated into any other painting medium, i.e. oil, pastel, or watercolor.  We will discuss those materials in the class and how to work with them.  One of the key learnings of this 3-day class is the use and beauty of the 'low intensity' colors.  By utilizing those colors, you will begin to realize the full potential of painting.

Day Two starts with a discussion of the psychological aspects of color, followed by creating a painting which completes all aspects of color, i.e. hue, value, and intensity.  This painting closely follows an exercise in Dr. Edward's book "Color" which is described in Chapter 9.  After finishing this exercise, you will not only have a beautiful painting but also you will better understand color and possess a basic knowledge of color that will be applied in the next day’s painting.

Day Three reviews painting materials and surfaces, followed by a demonstration painting of a still life by your instructor, Brian Bomeisler.  Students will next complete a still life painting on their own.  In this painting, you will make use of all you have learned, and will produce a beautiful painting complete with light and shadow rendered in color and all three aspects of color:  hue, value and intensity.  


In completing this 3-day class, you will learn how to control what you think you know about colors and really begin to see the colors that are actually there!  This class will sell out quickly so be sure to sign up early.