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Painting With Color: A Contemporary Approach

with Joseph Dolderer
Work with oil paint and practice essential color concepts that will imbue your paintings with light, depth and movement!

Captivate, compel and inspire your viewer with color! Award-winning artist Joseph Dolderer guides you through three variations of the block study as you learn to use color to express form and value. Discover how to analyze and paint color and plane changes, and depict transitions using warm and cool hues. Paint a simplified still life and use color, highlights and value shifts to create a fully dimensional, sculptural quality. With each exercise, you’ll hone a powerful system for mapping out compositions as masses of color and light. Once mastered, this skill will help you simplify much more complex subject matters. Still lifes, landscapes and portraits will come together faster, easier and more radiant than ever before!


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Lesson 1. Introduction & Overview

  • Meet your instructor, artist Joseph Dolderer, and learn how you'll explore color and planes over the course of this class.


Lesson 2. Preparing for the Single Block Study


Lesson 3. The Single Block Study


Lesson 4. Multiple Block Study, Part One


Lesson 5. Multiple Block Study, Part Two


Lesson 6. Round Object Study, Part One


Lesson 7. Round Object Study, Part Two


Lesson 8. Taking the Studies Further

"I have so enjoyed this class (...) this class is just what I needed to get me back trying to learn to paint. Joseph does a great job explaining and breaking down light and shadow and the color of light on form. I am determined to do lots of grisailles and block color studies this summer and watch his class over and over. I would love to see more from Joseph here on Craftsy with him teaching more simple still-life classes. I would sign up for every one!"
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