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Smart Mixing: Making the Most of Your Palette

  • 250 Anderson Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
Smart Mixing Workshop
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Saturday May 20th 12:00PM-4:30PM

Does it take you an eternity to mix the color you’re looking for? Would you like to learn how to better translate color onto the canvas? In this one-day workshop we’ll review some basic color theory and then dive into more complex approaches to color mixing.

  • Explore the elements of hue, value, temperature, and intensity
  • Experiment with limited palettes to create color harmony
  • Learn to mix beautiful browns and grays

We'll use paint as our color mixing medium, but all artists who use color in their work can benefit from this workshop and no painting experience is required.  

Canvas/paper will be provided. All levels, ages 15 and up. 

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved.  

Workshop Policies


Students without their own materials can borrow all workshop supplies from the studio for a $15 fee. If you have any questions about the items on this list, please contact me. 

Acrylic Paint*: (ordered by preference)

  • Titanium White
  • 1 Cool Yellow: Cadmium Primrose, Hansa yellow light, Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • 1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow deep/dark, or cadmium yellow medium
  • 1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light 
  • 1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Quinacridone red
  • 1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
  • 1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue

Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body (#1), Utrecht Artist Paints, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints. Liquitex not recommended. NO Student grade paints (they will only cause frustration). 

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes in good condition. 

Palette knife of your choice. Metal, not plastic.

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets or the Sta-Wet palette. 

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Notebook (optional)

Paper/Canvas will be provided

*Those who would prefer to use oils are welcome to use them. Please bring paints and linseed oil only, no other mediums or solvents. 

Earlier Event: April 8
Tiny Paintings Workshop