Mitchell Albala – Building Landscape Harmony with Color Grouping (Online); Fridays, October 11, October 23, November 8 & November 22, 2024

Dates: Fridays, October 11, October 23, November 8 & November 22, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM-12:15 PM Pacific Time, 1:00-3:15 PM Eastern Time, 6:00-8:15 PM London Time
Level: This is not a class for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color at all); however, it is ideally suited for intermediate to advanced painters who want to better understand unfied color and light.
Medium: Open to painters in all mediums. (Acrylic painters should know how to manage acrylic’s rapid drying time, how to blend with glazing and/or scumbling, and have a Sta-Wet palette.)

When we observe the myriad colors of the natural world, we never think, Those colors just don’t look harmonious! Natural light and color never fail to be convincing. But in the artificial world of our pigment-based paintings, how do we maintain a similar sense of harmony and color cohesion? Color grouping is a way of maintaining that harmony by organizing colors into a limited number of groups or families. Color grouping is a simple practice that makes it easier to maintain unified light and color in your paintings. Through critique, presentations, and demonstrations, Mitchell will show you how color grouping works, and cover these topics:

• how color groups tie in to the overall color strategy (hue interactions, value contrasts and saturation levels)

• how to evaluate subjects (from life or photos) in terms of color grouping

• how to create “color swatch” studies of your color groups

• how to organize color groups into major and minor color chords

• how to begin a painting with a color group block-in

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Mitchell Albala is an award-winning landscape painter, workshop instructor, and author. His semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and are represented in corporate and private collections. He is the author of two best-selling books on landscape painting: Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009), with over 60,000 copies in print; and The Landscape Painter’s Workbook: Essential Studies in Shape, Composition, and Color (Rockport Publishers, 2022), which is currently the #1 selling book on landscape in the nation. Mitchell leads plein air workshops in Italy and teaches workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and has written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. Mitchell also hosts a popular painting blog, which is among’s “Top 100 Painting Blogs for Artists.”

About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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