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Colour theory

Colour Theory for the Practicing Artist-Bootcamp

Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti


Saturday from 9:30 to 4:30 pm  ( bring your lunch and all materials)

Fall 2017: Saturday November 11th
Winter 2017: Saturday February 3rd 
Spring 2017: Saturday May 5th 

To register click here or contact Lauren directly at

Fee $110 (including Taxes)
In this full day workshop students will explore how colour works in relation to its neighbors on the colour wheel. We will paint our way through true primary , secondary and tertiary colours along with analogous and complimentary colours. Along the way we will gain some language about colour from hue, warm , cool, tint, tone, intensity , simultaneous contrast, lustre and what each colours value is on the grey scale. We will also look at Colour Theorists, Itten, Munsell, and Goethe. This is a hands on workshop where you may use the paint you already have to create useful colour wheels and value scales that help you further understand what your chosen palette can do .

If you are wanting to explore colour theory in its truest sense then using gouache** is the best medium to be working in as it dries quickly, matte (with no sheen) , is opaque, and does not flake. Turner and Pebeo are great brands. We want paint to be ideally opaque and matte so the hue won’t be influenced by the surface or by the shininess of the paint. **Colour theory can be done in any paint medium; watercolour, oil, tempera, and acrylic; however all of them have their own challenges. Watercolour should not have the use of white as the paper acts as the white and paint is transparent but does dry quickly. Acrylic comes in many brands that varies in sheen, transparency and opacity along with “open paints” that are sticky and take a really long time to dry. Tempera of a low quality will mix unevenly with a gritty nature and can flake off after it dries.

Materials list:
12″ /inch ruler
2H or HB pencil
2-3 Palettes that can hold many colours at once (round plastic ones with 6-8-10 wells are great or yogurt lids work well)
#2, #4, talkyon round tipped brush and or #4, #6 talkyon flat tipped brush – it makes a smoother surface than hogs hair brushes
2-3 Water containers
The colours needed for this workshop are: (titanium) white, (ivory or mars ) black , primary yellow, primary red/magenta, primary blue/cyan. If true primaries are unavailable then owning cadmium red medium, magenta, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow medium, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue ( not red or green shade) or cyan are your best options . If using watercolour paint you do need gouache in white.

Lauren will supply paper for tests, colour wheel and exercises.

Lauren McKinley RenzettiInstructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti is a mixed media artist, specializing in abstraction of the world around her through printmaking,  collage and acrylic paint. She received a combined Honors Art and Theatre degree from McMaster University in 1995. Lauren has been teaching art for over twenty years with all ages. She has worked at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ryerson University, Art Works Art School and been the Artist-in-Residence at Unicamp of Ontario. She currently teaches at the AGO, Art For Cancer and is the curator of Neighborhood Galleries in the Beaches.  Lauren shows her work widely and takes part in many group and solo shows in Southern Ontario, Brooklyn and Bulgaria.

Lauren teaches Abstract painting on Wednesday morning 9:30 to 12 pm