Mitchell Albala - Color Harmony in Landscape: The "Complete" Color Strategy (Online); Fridays, March 4-April 8, 2022 (no class April 1)

Date: Fridays, March 3-April 8, 2022 (no class April 1)
Time:  10:00AM-12:00PM Pacific Time, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00-8:00 PM London Time
Level: not suitable for first-time painters – ideal for those who work en plein air or in studio and want to expand their perspectives on color harmony
Medium: Oil, pastel, watercolor or acrylic

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The most effective color solutions in landscape painting do much more than replicate the colors found in our photos — or even in nature. To capture the qualities of color and light, painters also rely on a color strategy. We typically think of the strategy as only being about the relationships founds on the color wheel, such analogous, complementary, or split-complementary. In fact, a “complete” color strategy involves two other essential aspects of color — relative values and saturation levels. In this class you will learn how all three aspects work together to form a unified and harmonious depiction of light. Additionally, you will learn:

• color grouping, a practice that helps maintain harmony by organizing colors into a limited number of groups
• how the “harmony of neutrals” can be used to create unified light
• how to create “targeted” palettes,” tuned to the particular harmony you are after
• how hue interactions (analogous, complementary, etc.) are organized according to similarity or differences.

This is not a workshop for first-time painters, but is ideally suited for those who work en plein air or in studio and want to expand their perspectives on color harmony.

Mitchell Albala
Mitchell Albala is a highly respected painter, workshop instructor, and author. His semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and are represented in corporate and private collections. He leads painting workshops in the U.S. and has offered plein air adventures in Italy. He is the author of two books: Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009), which has been the best selling landscape painting book in the nation for 10 years; and The Landscape Painter’s Workbook: Essential Studies in Shape, Composition, and Color (Rockport Publishers, 2021). Mitchell has also lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum, and written for “International Artist” and “Artists & Illustrators” magazines. He hosts a popular painting blog, which can be found at his website:

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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.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • 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. Find out how to access the class group message board here.