Potent Color: small paintings with big impact – D0814-19

Date: Jul 22 - 26, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Kathleen Loe

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Color delivers an enormous amount of information to the viewer-it stirs up memories, speaks of joy, mystery or fear, conjures historical references and suggests quiet or cacophony. In this workshop, students refine and energize color relationships, and explore how manipulating the temperature, applied texture and relative amounts of color dramatically increases clarity and surprise in a painting. Working from direct observation, memory and invention, participants create a series of small paintings combining abstraction and representational imagery.

Media & Techniques:

Using gouache and acrylic on claybord panels, students create a painting frieze/series informed by our initial color experiments. Students follow a structured project from the instructor or create their own subjects. Glazing, scumbling, sanding and other painting techniques are demonstrated.


Students go outside to make color studies from nature. Each day includes one-on-one discussions, demonstrations-on-demand, looking at artists from history and contemporary painting who use color and light in exciting, poignant and unusual ways, and encouraging expression to emerge in work.


“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

Kathleen Loe is a nationally-exhibited artist and published art writer. She makes large-scale oil paintings and small-scale, mixed-media pieces influenced by film and poetry. She lives and works in Hudson, NY.


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