Grouping and Controlling Color Values
Grouping and Controlling Color Values
Grouping and Controlling Color Values
Grouping and Controlling Color Values
Grouping and Controlling Color Values
Grouping and Controlling Color Values
Grouping and Controlling Color Values

Grouping and Controlling Color Values


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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. 

Being able to compose with value tone shapes and see and apply a variety of colors within those value shapes is essential when painting from observation. During this three-hour workshop, students will first practice controlling values with some specific mixing exercises. After the exercises, teaching artist Anne Pfeiffer will demonstrate the whys and hows of grouping color values to create a strong composition in a plein air painting.

After the demo, participants are encouraged to make value-tone sketches en plein air on the Fort Worden campus on their own, or to attend the July 15 Still Life Open Studio workshop in the afternoon that Anne will be facilitating. 


  • Sketchbook.
  • 2B and 4B or 6B pencils for sketching value tone studies and taking notes. If using toned paper, bring a white pencil as well.
  • Eraser.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • Folding chair.
  • Painting medium of choice: gouache, oils, heavily pigmented acrylics, watercolor.
    Bring a warm and cool version of each primary, plus white. Each medium names pigments a little differently. A cool yellow might be called Azo or Lemon, a warm yellow Cadmium Med or Cadmium Medium Hue. A warm red is tomato red like Pyrrol Red or Cadmium Red, cool reds might be called Permanent Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridrone Magenta or Quinacridrone Rose. A cool blue is Pthalo, a warm is Ultramarine. Note: No mineral spirits, OMS, or turpentine allowed in the classroom so please bring non-toxic mediums for oils. We will use soap for clean up. 
  • Palette or mixing trays.
  • Brushes appropriate for your medium.
  • Optional: plein air painting or sketching extras and 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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