Color Mixing and the Color Wheel
Color Mixing and the Color Wheel
Color Mixing and the Color Wheel
Color Mixing and the Color Wheel

Color Mixing and the Color Wheel


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Course Fee: $75
Materials: Student-provided (see Supply Information below)

TIME: 10:00AM - 1:00PM PDT
LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+)
LOCATION: Building 306, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. 

This three-hour workshop is a wonderful way to practice mixing a range of colors beyond your paint tube set, as well as perfect your brush handling and paint consistency. We start with making a color wheel, which we then use to decide what new colors to mix in chart form. Artists of all levels make mixing charts periodically.  

This is a very relaxing and enjoyable way to practice and improve your painting skills, to come back to painting after a long pause, or just a great excuse for getting out of your studio and socializing with other artists while painting. All levels welcome. Your instructor, teaching artist Anne Pfeiffer, is proficient in all the above mentioned media and can help you if you are trying a new medium.

The July 8 afternoon Still Life Open Studio is a perfect way to apply what we practice in the morning color mixing session.


  • Watercolor, gouache, oil, or acrylic paint. Friends can share tubes of paint to save money!
    Do not bring mineral spirits or turpentine with oils because we will be indoors, use only a non-toxic medium and we have soap to clean up. Water miscible oils are fine to use. Bring what you already have. Recommended gouache brands are Winsor Newton Designer series, M. Graham, or Turner. Any brand of watercolor is fine. For acrylics, choose a more pigment rich line like Amsterdam, Golden or Liquitex.
  • Bring a warm and cool of the three primaries plus white.
    Different mediums often have different names for the same pigments. Warm yellows lean towards orange, Cadmium Yellow or Cadmium-free yellow or Cadmium Yellow Hue. Cool yellows lean towards green, such as Lemon or Azo. Warm reds are tomato red like Cadmium Red or Pyrol Red.  Cool reds lean towards magenta like Permanent Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridrone Magenta or Quinacridrone Rose. A warm blue is Ultramarine. A cool blue leaning towards green is Pthalo blue, green shade (not Pthalo green). You do not need any tube secondaries or neutrals, but bring them if you have them.
  • Appropriate brushes for your medium.
  • Your favorite mixing tray or palette, although we have some you can use.
  • Watercolor paper for watercolor, gouache, or acrylic. A few canvas panels for oil or thicker acrylic.
  • A sketchbook/notebook for making some notes.
  • Optional: a table top easel.

After registration, course details are available via the Northwind Art School learning portal, including course syllabus and supply information. Learn more

Anne Pfeiffer has a graduate degree in painting and decades of experience as a high school art teacher, community college art instructor, and adult and teen workshop instructor. She currently lives in Port Angeles and paints landscapes and still lifes, often plein air, and participates in regional and national exhibitions and events.

See more: courses with Anne
Artist website: Anne Pfeiffer@annepfeifferartist and @annepfeiffer

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Students who withdraw from a course at least seven days prior to its first meeting will receive a 90% refund (less any materials fee).

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