Mitchell Albala - Color Harmony in Landscape: The “Complete" Color Strategy (Online); Fridays, October 21-November 18, 2022

Date: Fridays, October 21-November 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time/1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-8:00 PM London Time
Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate
Medium: All

The most effective color solutions in landscape painting do far more than replicate the colors found in the natural world or in our photos. 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, etc. In fact, a “complete” color strategy involves two other essential aspects of color — relative values and saturation levels. Working from photographs, and through a series of practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of contemporary colorists, you will learn how all three aspects of the color strategy work together to suggest mood, atmospheric effects, or a particular color of light. This class will also cover:• color grouping, a practice that helps maintain harmony by organizing colors into a limited number of groups• how to mix neutral colors and how they can be used to create color harmony • how to work with saturated colors• color temperature• how value affects color identity• the proper way to work with reference photos

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.