Through February and March, I was working on creating and filming and it is now open for preregistration! The course is The Atelier | Creating with a Limited Palette.
Here is what Jeanne Oliver says about the course…
And this is the synopsis I wrote for the course…
In this class, Marian Parsons, a paint enthusiast and lover of color, will show you how to mix beautiful shades for landscapes, still lifes, and portraits with just four colors. Together, we’ll create color studies, sketches, and finished, frameable works in several paint mediums – oils, water-soluble oils, acrylics, and watercolors/gouache to discover harmony in your work when transitioning from one medium to another (or working in your favorite mediums.) This class is about the discovery and exploration of mediums and limited colors to include in your palette for the purpose of clarifying your aesthetic as an artist.
Techniques Taught in this Course
- Introduction to color theory
- Learn to mix colors with confidence
- Understand how your color palette informs the style of your art
- Create color wheels in different mediums with a limited palette
- Explore your color palette in an art journal with sketches and studies
- Paint watercolor landscape studies
- Complete landscape studies in acrylics
- Learn to mix natural greens and beautiful sky blues
- Paint a still life in water-soluble oils
- Establish your drawing, composition, and values with an underpainting
- Use oil paints to finish a portrait study, learning how to mix flesh tones
- Explore the palette you’re drawn to
And this is a robust course with over 7 hours of instruction! It was supposed to be about four hours, but I just kept adding things in… Well, while we have our paints out, let’s land a little landscape study. Before we dive into the portrait, let’s do a little color study.
The idea for the course came out of my realization that I kept going into the same piles of color over and over again, no matter what medium I was using. There are so many advantages to using a limited palette – your work is more cohesive and harmonious, it’s easier to test out different mediums when you only need to purchase a few colors, and it’s easier to travel with your paints. It also really forces you to learn color mixing in practice, not just theory. It’s amazing how many colors you can create from just four colors plus white.
And to show how versatile the limited palette I use is, I wanted to paint different subjects. So, in the class, we paint landscapes, still life, and a portrait.
And we work in four different mediums – watercolor & gouache, acrylic, water-mixable oils, and oils.
As our finale, we paint a study of Manet’s portrait of Berte Morisot. I selected this painting because it’s perfect for our palette, it’s a wonderful example of an impressionist portrait, and it’s a great way to study subtle shifts in color.
It was such a fun class to put together and I can’t wait for it to go live, so I can start to see all of the work from participants!
A few answers to FAQs I’ve been asked…
Can I go at my own pace and how long will I have access to the course?
This is a pre-recorded course, so you can go at your own pace and your access to the content doesn’t expire.
Is this course good for beginners?
Yes, this course is good for absolute beginners and for people who are at an intermediate level and want to explore other mediums, subjects, or a limited palette. In addition, I will be available on a private Facebook group for course participants, so I can answer questions and provide critiques.
What if I don’t want to use all of the mediums you use in the course?
That is totally okay! Use the mediums you have and/or those you want to explore. I would suggest using watercolors (since their behavior is so unique) and at least one other paint, but you can really do whatever you want. We’re focusing much more on the colors than the mediums. If you have questions about mediums in the forum, I can point you in the right direction of which medium is a good alternative for which project.
You can pre-register for the class HERE at the price of $42 until May 19, 2021, and then the price increases to $65.
Do you have any other questions?