The Watercolor Workshop Color Theory and Mixing

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“The Watercolor Workshop” is a video course on watercolor painting designed for beginner and intermediate artists. The goal of this course is to provide the learner with a rich learning experience through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.

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Description: An overview of color theory including the color wheel, color types, relationships and schemes, neutrals, and color value. Color mixing is also explored as well as the effects of using warm and cool primaries.

Suggested Materials: 140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, watercolor paints (Phthalo Blue, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Gamboge Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson, and Cadmium Red Pale Hue), nylon brush, mixing palette.

Next Module: Composition / Still Life

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The Watercolor Workshop Color Theory and Mixing — 17 Comments

  1. I’ve already taught my students colour theory but I love how you explained this. Makes me want to go back and have them redo their colour wheels. I teach high school art and they struggle to understand some basics. I don’t have all the materials such as tube watercolours to have them be able to mix as easily. I’ve spent so much of my own money supplying materials in my classes that I find it difficult to continue buying needed supplies. I am loving this course so far- I am somewhat new to watercolours so I feel good that I have taught my students what you have shown so far. I can’t wait for your next module!

    • Hi, Lydia!!!
      Have you checked out http://www.DickBlick.com? They offer support for teachers, school supplies, etc., if I’m not mistaken! That might help out a bit. I can remember, growing up in a military enviornment, we always seemed to have so much in the way of supplies! My children have dealt with a much different experience of art. I’m not even certain if they still have an art program. to be honest. Anyways…. I hope this might help!

      • My apologies to Sandra to whom my comments were intended and to Lydia, to whom I actually addressed them to. Sorry for any confusion! I was unable to edit my comments after I hit the “post comment.” Anyways….I’ve definitely learned quite a bit from the watercolor lessons, but even more about typing replies late at night!

  2. In part of this course i noticed it said ultramarine is cool and also prussian blue is warm which should be the other way round

    • Hi Lydia,

      Thanks for your comment. You’re absolutely right. I had noticed the mistake and updated the video a while back, but it looks like the incorrect version was still up. It’s fixed now. (Thanks for being so observant!)

      There’s actually a big debate on this topic. Ultramarine is considered, by most, to be warm since it is closer to Violet on the color wheel. However, some artists still stick with the notion that Ultramarine is cool… Here’s a page arguing that it is cool…http://sharonhicksfineart.com/blog/57475/warm-or-cool-ultramarine-blue-vs-thalo-blue

      Just kind of interesting. Thanks again!

  3. Hello Matt ! I would like to know your oppinion about of the use of magenta cian blue and yellow or the use of the red,blue and yellow as the primary colors of the color wheel. Thank you.

  4. Hi Matt,
    I am really enjoying your course on watercolour. I love the way you teach the course. It is never dry or boring. I am always looking forward to the next lesson.
    Thanks
    Katrina

  5. Matt,
    how did you mix the warm-cool colors: ie prussian blue + aliz.crimson
    ?
    did you mix it while on the paper or on the palette than brushed it on the paper?
    thanks,raquel

  6. I LOVE this class. I am having trouble with the videos stopping, I seem to have no control. I don;t know if it is my computer or the video. Help, please. Thank you, Bunny

    • Hi Bonnie,

      This is called “buffering” and occurs when your internet connection is not quite strong enough to stream the video. You may try scrolling over the video and clicking the “HD” icon to turn off high definition.

  7. Hi Matt,
    This is a wonderful course, I’m thoroughly enjoying it. One question regarding ultramarine blue. When discussing color temperatures and listing them as cool/warm all on one slide, ultramarine blue is put under the warm colors column but then later when you created different color wheels using cool and warm colors, ultramarine blue was noted as a cool blue. Please clarify. Thanks…

    • Hi Sonali,

      Scroll over the video with your mouse and click on the small bars in the lower right corner. Click on the bars so that they are all colored in. This is the volume control.

  8. Hi Matt,
    in talking about the different colors, you mentioned that each brand has different amount of pigment in their product which make sense to me. However, does it extend to the format of the paint in a particular brand? Would a color in a tube for Brand A be exactly the same as in a cake of the same brand?
    Thanks – Isabelle

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