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Everything (almost) You Always Wanted to Know About Color….

October 8, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 9, 2022

Everything (almost) You Always Wanted to Know About Color….

Instructor Name: Suzanne Lacke

Date(s): October 8th and 9th

Time(s): 10:00 – 4:00

Location: Five Points Arts Center Drawing Lab

Ages: 18+

Cost: $160

Class Cap: 12

Workshop Description

In this two-day workshop, we will cover color mixing, color matching, color terminology, color temperature, color in composition, and the interaction of color.

This is a fun class for people working in all areas of visual arts.  After getting the basics down, and working from simple designs you create we will see what we can do with the color knowledge gained from mixing colors.

In day one we will:

  • Create a Color Wheel using double primaries, create Tints and Shades
  • And mix complementary colors.
  • Color Match images from art history

In day two we will cover:

  • Design studies in Hue Value and Intensity
  • Design studies using Color schemes.
  • The interaction of Color

In both classes, we will look at examples and slides from art history.  There will be demonstrations given in the beginning of class, time to work on projects with individual help from me, and time to share at the end of class.  Color definitions and the history of Color Theory will be introduced.

Extra projects to continue your exploration of color after the workshop will be given.

We will be using specific acrylic paints.  I will send a material list before the classes begin.

“ Color is a power which directly influences the soul”  – Wassily Kandinsky

Required Materials


Liquitex acrylics, artist grade:  Heavy Body, 2 oz tubes

  • Hansa Yellow light
  • Cadmium Free Yellow, deep.
  • Cadmium Free Red, light.
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Ultramarine Blue (Red Shade)
  • Phthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade)


  • Bristol Paper (smooth, Strathmore)  11 x 14
  • Palette Paper


  • Bristle Brushes – Number 3 and number 8 – flat
  • 1 Small round watercolor brush

Palette knife – a white plastic one is fine.

Cups for holding water.

Instructor Bio

Suzanne Lacke is an artist and teacher living in Salisbury Connecticut.

She has recently relocated from Berkeley, California where she was teaching for many years at two community colleges, UC Berkeley and the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California.

She received her BA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, studied figure drawing, painting and sculpture at the Art Students League in New York City and received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley.

She has taught classes in figure drawing, principles of color, figure painting, drawing, painting and landscape painting.  She is primarily a figurative artist painting figures, landscape and still-life using oil paints for the most part but also watercolor and acrylic paints.  Figure drawing has been a mainstay of her practice.

She exhibited often in The Bay Area in California, most recently at the de Young museum in San Francisco.  She has had two exhibits since moving to Connecticut, at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass. and at a gallery in Sheffield, Mass.

Instructor Website http://www.suzannelacke.com

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October 8, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Five Points Art Center
855 University Drive
Torrington, CT 06790 United States
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