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Painting With Color: A Contemporary Approach

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Work with oil paint and practice essential color concepts that will imbue your paintings with light, depth and movement!

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Joseph Dolderer
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Captivate, compel and inspire your viewer with color! Award-winning artist Joseph Dolderer guides you through three variations of the block study as you learn to use color to express form and value. Discover how to analyze and paint color and plane changes, and depict transitions using warm and cool hues. Paint a simplified still life and use color, highlights and value shifts to create a fully dimensional, sculptural quality. With each exercise, you’ll hone a powerful system for mapping out compositions as masses of color and light. Once mastered, this skill will help you simplify much more complex subject matters. Still lifes, landscapes and portraits will come together faster, easier and more radiant than ever before!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Overview
Meet your instructor, artist Joseph Dolderer, and learn how you'll explore color and planes over the course of this class.
2. Preparing for the Single Block Study
3. The Single Block Study
4. Multiple Block Study, Part One
5. Multiple Block Study, Part Two
6. Round Object Study, Part One
7. Round Object Study, Part Two
8. Taking the Studies Further

Recommended with this class

  • Oil paint, brushes, canvas or board

Taught by

Joseph Dolderer
Joseph Dolderer
Joseph Dolderer trained at Studio Incamminati, the Philadelphia art institute where he now teaches. His art is inspired by the beauty of nature, and has been exhibited in numerous shows, including The National Arts Club, the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours and The Union League of Philadelphia. In 2013, he was awarded second place in the prestigious International Salon Competition.

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