ONSITE: Color Theory with the Masters
Make knowledgeable color choices! Explore temperature, intensities, chromatic neutrals, color schemes, and limited palettes to help students construct harmonious color compositions based on personal expressive goals. Learn how masters from pre-Renaissance to modern times have worked with these same color challenges. Students will be expected to complete out of class assignments, and should have a working knowledge of their medium and the 12-step color wheel.
- Due to a set of stairs, this classroom is not wheelchair accessible.
- Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
- Students must follow social distancing protocols and wear masks at all times. For more info visit visarts.org. This is an On-site course. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit visarts.org.
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About the Instructor
RVA based painter Kathy Calhoun’s initial foray into art began in her mom’s studio (a.k.a the kitchen table) with that groovy 70s stand-by, tole painting. She then furthered her studies by breaking into her older brother’s room to hand copy his album covers. It was only after two art degrees (JMU and VCU), many solo exhibitions, stints in New York and Paris, and teaching on many different levels that Kathy discovered that this was following in a time honored master teaching technique. The copying that is, not the breaking and entering. Luckily her brother did not press charges.
Kathy’s work now gets awards, occasional press and can be found in private and corporate collections, scattered around the United States and in Europe. She has also expanded from the kitchen table (though it sometimes still comes in handy) to a “real” studio as well as teaching regional workshops (The Art League, Nimrod Hall), at art centers (Visual Arts Center) and on a university level (Longwood).
Her approach to teaching art is a lot like the method she used to get her children to drive…learn how to start the car before planning the road trip! A firm believer in the “You gotta know the rules before you can break them” mantra, Kathy loves using the classical atelier approach to introduce the foundational design techniques needed for realism. She then encourages her students to discover how they want to express themselves and find their voice with these newly developed skills
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