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Introduction to Color Theory

On-Site / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 11am – 1pm


Paul Klee. This Bloom Is About to Wither (Diese Blüte Will Verwelken) (detail), 1939. BF2533. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

The class is held on-site at the Barnes Foundation. Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend; masks are also required.

Paul Cézanne, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Klee, and Georges Seurat are just a few of the painters in the Barnes collection that are known for their innovative use of color. What might appear to be simply a blue sky, a brown jacket, or rosy flesh tones are, in fact, made up of multiple hues. In this class, we will learn about basic color theory as well as approaches to color mixing and the historical origins of pigments and binders. We will also look at some of the techniques and methods used by painters, including glazing, dry-brush, and underpainting. Lectures will be supplemented with demonstrations.

Capacity: 25


Michael Williamson

A member of the Barnes faculty, Williamson studied at Yale University and the Milton Avery Graduate School of Bard College. He taught art history and studio art for nearly 30 years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Williamson has an active art practice and has shown his paintings locally.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Materials and Techniques courses explore the physical aspects of how art is made. You will look closely at artistic materials, techniques, and processes, all of which are essential to understanding how art produces meaning.