workshops > color mixing & munsell color theory w/ sandra dijk
Color Mixing & Munsell Color Theory
with SANDRA DIJK
DATES: 16 - 18 July 2021
HOURS: 9:30 - 16:30 (lunch from 12:30 - 13:30, 18 instructed hours total)
INSTRUCTOR: Sandra Dijk
LANGUAGE: Nederlands / English
LIMIT: 10 students maximum
TUITION: €450 - price is inclusive of some materials (see materials list), complimentary lunch and refreshments
Above: examples of Sandra's color mixing exercises typical of what students will complete during this course.
- Recommended level: All levels welcome
Do you also LOVE oil paints and colors? Whether you are a beginner or experienced oil painter, we are all sometimes left scratching our heads how to capture a particular color, or how to match the paint color you mixed at some earlier date. Attempting to get the colors intuitively correct on a painting is something complex. There is a solution: Munsell color theory!
Designed by the American painter Albert Henry Munsell, it’s a simple but extremely precise organizing system for mixing colors and using accurate language to describe color. It’s truly freeing to understand color through such an organized system: your color mixing can be fun while also totally under control.
In this 3-day color intensive with Sandra Dijk, we will start with a brief history of color in art. We will take a look at which colors of oil paints are available to today's painters, what their pigments and minerals look like, and where they come from. We will explore every aspect of these pigments: What are their characteristics? What is their quality, permanence, temperature, transparency, oil content, drying time, and price? Is it toxic, can I glaze with it? You will learn it all while color testing and color mixing according to Munsell's color theory.
By the end of the course, each student should be able to mix every color in oil paint with accuracy and precision. You will learn to describe colors in terms of value (how light or dark is the color), hue (the color family: yellow, orange, red, violet, blue, or green) and chroma (the degree of pure color or intensity). We will also define which oil colors and palettes (and brands) are the most essential for your personal palette (classical, impressionistic, or modern) for figure, portrait, still life or landscape.
Each student will go home with written handouts, a grayscale that will act as a value finder, a hue-chroma wheel, and color mixing exercises that will act as great references for your future masterpieces. Saving in frustration, paints, and time makes this workshop an investment that quickly pays for itself!
- INCLUDED MATERIALS: DARA will supply students with the following items:
- Study material: copy of “The New Munsell Student Color Set”
- Prepared canvas boards for hue-chroma wheel exercises
- Acetate sheets for color mixing exercises
- A value-scale finder
- The following oil paints (which are expensive and will only be used in small quantities) will be provided for you to lower your materials costs: Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Teal, Emerald Green, and Phthalo Emerald.
The following materials are required for participation this workshop. On the final page is a list of recommended local art shops where supplies can be purchased in Haarlem or in surrounding cities. To download the Materials List as a PDF document, please click the button above.
Do you have any questions about any of the items on this list? Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to help.OIL COLORS:
With this particular combination of paints, you will be able to mix 99% of the gamut of colors. Sandra uses mostly Gamblin paints, which she has chosen for maximum chroma & value range. Other paint brands she recommends are Winsor & Newton, Old Holland, Schminke, Williamsburg, Rembrandt, Michael Harding, and Haarlemmer Olieverf.
All oil colors should be Artist/Professional quality. We strongly discourage the use of inferior “Student-grade” paint.
GENERAL PAINTING SUPPLIES:
- Ivory Black
- Titanium White
- Cadmium Yellow Lemon
- Cadmium Yellow Medium
- Yellow Ochre
- Raw Umber
- Cadmium Orange
- Burnt Umber
- Burnt Sienna
- Cadmium Red Light
- Venetian Red
- Quinacridone Magenta
- Alizarin Crimson Permanent
- Ultramarine Blue
- Phthalo Blue
- Pencil & paper for note taking
- Paper palette, preferably grey, with around 40 pages (you will keep the pages for future reference)
- Black permanent marker to write notes on the paper palette
- Masking tape
- 1-2 rolls of paper towels
- 2 medium-sized pointed palette knives for mixing. (Please bring knives that are flexible, not stiff.)
- Either odorless mineral spirits OR linseed oil, for cleaning brushes
- Painting cups or small glass jars for the odorless mineral spirits or linseed oil
- Plastic gloves, since we are working with toxic pigments
- A few soft-haired synthetic round or filbert brushes (around 0.5 cm in width – bring a few different small sizes with you.)
WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES:
Unsure of where to buy supplies? We recommend the following art stores in Haarlem and surrounding cities (please note that availability may vary between stores):
- PAYMENT POLICY
The fee for this course is €450 inclusive of some materials (see materials list), complimentary lunch and refreshments.
Once the Dutch Atelier of Realist Art (DARA) has notified the student of his or her acceptance into the workshop via email, a deposit payment equivalent to one half of the course fee is due within two weeks in order to reserve the student's place. Spaces are not reserved until the deposit has been paid.
The remaining balance of workshop fees is due by 18 June 2021 (4 weeks in advance of the start of the course.) After this time, new students may still register for the course if there is room available, but please be advised that the full amount of course tuition will be due upon acceptance.
In the event that the requisite fees are not paid by the aforementioned deadlines, the student will be notified by email that he or she risks relinquishing their space in the class if the overdue fees are not paid within 7 days. Students who have not paid the full course fee prior to the first day of the workshop are not permitted to attend under any circumstances.
* The Dutch Atelier of Realist Art is a vocational school recognized by the Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs (CRKBO). Students enrolled in our courses are therefore exempt from paying additional VAT (BTW).
ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHODS
DARA accepts payment through the following methods: cash, credit or debit card, Paypal, and wire transfer. All fees are payable in EUR. A confirmation of receipt is sent within 48 hours of receiving a payment.
Cash: Cash payments must be paid at a scheduled appointment in person. Please do not mail cash.
Credit Card / Debit Card / Paypal: Students may pay online using the link below. All online payments are processed through Paypal. *** Please note that an additional 3,5% processing fee is applied.
Wire Transfer: Please advise us when the transfer of funds has been made and provide a transaction number so we may track the payment. Our bank details are as follows:
Bank Name: Rabobank Haarlem
Beneficiary: Dutch Atelier of Realist Art
IBAN: NL04 RABO 0327 7614 31
SWIFT (BIC): RABONL2U
Branch Number: 3244
Bank Address: Dreef 40, 2012 HS Haarlem
Students can use the link below to pay either the deposit or the full course fee online with a credit card, debit card, or Paypal account. All online payments are processed through Paypal.
*** Please note that an additional 3,5% processing fee is applied.
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- ADMISSIONS | WORKING IN THE STUDIO | STUDIO CANCELLATIONS | STUDENT CANCELLATIONS
All applicants are advised to review our Studio Policies in full before submitting a registration form.
Registration is open to students of any nationality, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age*, medical status, marital or civil status, religion, creed, or political affiliation. (*Please note that applicants under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian provide express written permission via email that states that the applicant may be enrolled.)
Students may apply by completing an online registration form (available by clicking the "Apply Now" button above.) After submitting a registration form, the student will be sent an email notification within 48 hours as to the status of his or her acceptance in the workshop. The Dutch Atelier of Realist Art (DARA) reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any new or returning students deemed by the studio administration to be out of line with the programme's stated mission and policies, and/or disruptive to the studio and its attendees.
Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is therefore advisable for students to sign up for courses early while spaces are available. Spaces are very limited in order to ensure that each student receives a high level of individual attention and one-on-one instruction. Once the workshop has been filled, any subsequent applicants will be placed on a waiting list. In the event that a student cancels his or her registration and/or fails to pay the requisite course fees, the next student on the waiting list will receive the space in the class instead.
WORKING IN THE STUDIO
All students agree to adhere to our Studio Policies as a condition of their continued enrollment in any workshop offered at DARA. Students are expected to maintain a professional working environment at all times by respecting themselves, fellow students, models, guests, and instructors.
Students are expected to arrive to class on time and with the appropriate required materials in order to participate in the workshop. During the course, each student is provided with storage space to store his or her art supplies, artwork, and personal belongings. Please note that all student belongings must be taken home by the end of the workshop. DARA accepts no responsibility for the damage, loss, or theft of student property, except in cases solely attributable to the misconduct of a DARA staff member.STUDIO CANCELLATIONS
The minimum level of enrollment for this course to run is 4 students. In the event that this enrollment level is not attained, students will be notified 60 days in advance of the start of the course, and will be offered the option of either receiving a full refund* or transferring to a different course of their choosing (provided that space is available.) All refunds are processed within 7 days of studio cancellations.
During the workshop, if a single class session is cancelled for any reason, DARA will notify all students of the cancellation by phone and email. Every effort will be made to schedule a make-up class at a time convenient for the majority of students. Refunds for cancelled class sessions are awarded only in the event that no make-up class is scheduled. DARA reserves the right to substitute instructors and/or models during a class if no alternative is available.
*Please note that in the event of a studio cancellation, DARA is only responsible for refunding the cost of tuition, and not for any of the student's associated expenses, such as travel fare and/or purchase of class materials.STUDENT CANCELLATIONS
Cancellations may be made by email notification to email@example.com. Students who cancel their workshop registration within 14 days of submitting a registration form are entitled to a full refund of fees. All refunds are processed within 7 days of the cancellation date. After the 14-day grace period has passed, the following student cancellation policy applies:
- The deposit payment becomes non-refundable.
- If the cancellation is made more than 60 days in advance of the start of the workshop, and the student has already paid the full course fee: the student is entitled to a 50% refund.
- If the cancellation is made more than 30 days in advance of the start of the workshop, and the student has already paid the full course fee: the student is entitled to a 25% refund.
- If the cancellation is made with fewer than 30 days in advance of the start of the workshop: no refunds will be awarded.
In the event that a student drops out of a workshop after the course has already begun, and the date of cancellation falls within the aforementioned 14-day grace period, the student is still required to pay the total cost of services rendered (calculated by the number of class dates the student was in attendance). The student will be refunded the remaining balance of fees.