Understanding and Using Color
Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Sunday, August 27–Tuesday, August 29
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
SVAC Member: $375; Non-member: $470
Ages 16+

No matter the medium you use, there are essential elements in making 2D art. For the representational artist, good drawing skills are a particular requirement—in addition to understanding composition, space, texture, value, and more. For the abstract image-maker, understanding the use of space is crucial. For both, unless you are going black-and-white, understanding color is primary. This workshop will focus on understanding color.

Day 1: Color mixing with special focus on the use of warm and cool colors, the use of color in atmospheric perspective, and color relationships. Attendees will then work from still lifes.

Days 2 and 3: You will have the option to continue to work from still lifes, use your own photos as
references or paint en plein air on SVAC property.

My demos will be in both brush (sizes 4, 6, 10) and palette knife (I use RGM #50).


  • Medium of choice
  • Colors:
    • thalo blue
    • ultramarine blue
    • purple dioxizine
    • alizarin crimson or permanent
    • cadmium or pyrene red
    • orange
    • cad yellow medium
    • lemon yellow
    • titanium white
    • zinc white
  • brushes or appropriate tools
  • approximately 4 surfaces (approx. 12×16 or 16×20)
  • boxes or sleeves for carrying work home
  • medium, solvent
  • photos to work from, if desired

Scholarships available. Please contact Erin Kaufman 802.367.1306 or ekaufman@svac.org.

Cynthia Rosen is an award-winning professional palette knife painter and experienced instructor whose work is widely exhibited. Learn more: cynthiarosenartist.com.

August 27 at 10:00 am
10:00 am — 4:00 pm (6h)


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