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Understanding Color with Oil Paints

December 27, 2022 - December 28, 2022

TWO-DAY WORKSHOP  | 10am to 3pm
Instructor: Michela Mansuino

Youth [ages 10+] are welcome in this workshop to delve into the depths of oil painting focusing on color.  Students will be introduced to Studio Incamminati’s 23 color palette, for use in a series of painting exercises that will strengthen the student’s ability to recognize and mix color in the light and shadow with accuracy.  Utilizing Ilumi Bulbs [colored light] of different temperatures and brightness manipulated by iPad, and simple objects as well as casts, students will explore the effects of intense light on the local color of still life, with an opportunity to compare how differing light arrangements fundamentally change the color relationships of objects (the “light key”).

Class sessions will involve either the creation of two modest-sized oil studies per day with dialog centering on seeing value vs. color saturation as well as on paint handling.  The development of painting into clean, beautiful color notes for longer studies will also receive special attention.

Students will use two 12 X 16 inch toned canvas per day.  If desired, you can pay a $24 paint fee for the 23-color palette of oil paints rather than purchase all the paints (see full list below). Additional supply fee of $41 for brush, canvas, solvent, palette paper, etc. can be paid directly to the instructor on day 1.  The total supply fee is $65.

Michela Mansuino completed the Studio Incamminati Atelier Program in 2017 and was asked to stay on as a faculty instructor. Since then, Michela has taught adults and youth in the traditional Atelier Style.  Website


If you are purchasing paint for the 23-color palette. Below are the pigments needed for the class. Otherwise, you can pay a $24 supply fee for the two days to have a palette of paint each day and avoid buying all the colors.
Recommended paint brands are Winsor & Newton – Utrecht – Dick Blick online student grade in 37 ml. tubes

Raw Umber
Burnt Sienna
Permanent Alizarin Crimson or hue
Permanent Rose or Primary Magenta
Perylene Red or Naphthol Crimson= Gamblin
Cadmium Red Deep or Hue
Cadmium Red or Hue
Cadmium Scarlet
Cadmium Orange or Hue
Raw Sienna
Indian Yellow 
Cadmium Yellow Pale or Lemon or Hue
Cadmium Yellow or Hue
Cadmium Green Pale or Perm. Light Green
Viridian or Hue
Phthalo Green green shade or blue shade
Phthalo Turquoise
Cerulean Blue or Hue
Cobalt Blue or Hue
French or Ultramarine Blue
Dioxazine Purple
Titanium White large tube 150 ml. recommended

Students can bring the supplies below or pay $41 to the instructor.



December 27, 2022
December 28, 2022


The Arts of Great Falls School
756 Walker Road
Great Falls, VA 22066 United States
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