Donna Aldridge, international award-winning master pastelist and oil painter, fine artist, has work in collections in 25 countries and teaches painting workshops nationally and art classes in Kansas City.
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One-Day Color Workshop

with Donna Aldridge PSA M-MAPS

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Comments from participating artists below
Details of some things covered below


9:30am to 4:30pm
One-hour sack-lunch break 12:15 to 1:15

  • What is Color?
    and how can an orange BE blue?
  • Color of Light Sources & Shadows
  • Light vs. Pigment
  • Pigments & Relationship to Color Wheel
  • Primary–Secondary–Tertiery
  • The Color Wheel
  • Color Schemes
  • Seeing Color as a Painter
  • Hue–Temperature–Value–Intensity
    your new mantra!Identifying
  • Colors & Mixing Them!
  • Translating Color
  • Five Qualities of Light/Shadow
  • Capturing or Enhancing Form, Roundness, Depth, etc.
  • Red Ball
  • More on Intensities
  • The Power of Grays!
  • Glowing!

  • Last Questions

Details on several issues covered in the workshop:

•Suggestions for developing you Palette
(choice of pigments in various media)

•Discussion and handout on Light Sources:

  • color of source
  • highlight
  • light field and shadow colors
  • effect of mixture of varying light sources.

•How to use the above information in identifying and
mixing difficult-to-determine colors.

•How to use the above information in developing
a sound color scheme for your painting,
whether creating a ‘realistic’ effect or
a special style of color impact.

•Demonstration of color identifying and
mixing using principles of

•Demonstration of painting Form using Temperature
(warm and cool versions of the same hue)
as an alternative to using Value as the
principle modeler of the Form.

•Hands-on Exercises in identifying colors by Hue~Value~Intensity~Temperature.

•Hands-on Exercises in color mixing using principles of Hue~Value~Intensity~Temperature.

Comments on the Color Workshop from several participating artists:

"Donna, you give a class from the heart—it makes me joyful to be an artist and share your knowledge."

—Beverly Gegen

"Once again Donna has provided us with an exceptional day—a workshop on color. Amazing how much we think we know but don't until Donna points things out!"

—Beverly Rose

"In her color workshop Donna breaks down the complexities of color theory into a practical format that allows the artist to refine his or her perception of color and to translate that perception into a palette that will make a painting work.

"This workshop was packed with information about understanding light sources, shadows, aspects of color and color relationships.

"Hands on exercises help the artist to internalize the information and develop a program for further study and practice.

"This workshop is a must for those who want to bring excitement and drama to their painting by means of seeing and translating color in a new ways."

—Dot Miriani

"After taking Donna's Color Workshop, I am much more confident when I reach for a new color when painting.  No more trial and error--having this knowledge saves a lot of time!"

—Alice Jacks

It was Donna's generous spirit that impressed me most about the color workshop, and her ability to impart solid color info infused with her unique and experienced take on the subject. An enriching experience, Donna, and one that appealed to ALL my senses! Thank you.

—Tippy Fuchs

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