Painting With Color: A Contemporary Approach

Joseph Dolderer
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Meet your instructor, artist Joseph Dolderer, and learn how you'll explore color and planes over the course of this class.
Prepare for your first study, which consists of a single block against a solid-colored background. You'll learn how to lay in elements as you create a grisaille to set the stage for your color work.
Discover new ways to identify and adjust color as Dolderer walks you through ways to lay in each hue efficiently, work with cast shadows, add a second color cycle and work with temperature changes.
Add more blocks to increase the complexity of your studies as you develop each block and the background, working with anchor points and various planes as you go.
Continue the study you started in the prior lesson as Dolderer walks you through troubleshooting tips and best practices for identifying more complexity in various planes, values and hues.
Once you've gained the skills to work with multiple blocks, you're ready to start tackling the challenge of round objects. Dolderer walks you through specific considerations to take into account when creating the grisaille and early color cycles, continuing to challenge your eye as you examine color in new ways.
Continue your round object study with an in-depth look at planar relationships, developing your eye to identify subtle, sculptural elements in your work. You'll add highlights and final transitions before learning when a piece is "done."
In the conclusion of this class, Dolderer applies the color and value studies you've developed to complex dimensional studies such as everyday objects and the human form. You'll examine the play of color, value and light in portraits and consider how to continue developing your new-found skills in future works.
8 Lessons
2  hrs 47  mins

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!

Joseph Dolderer

Joseph Dolderer trained at Studio Incamminati, the Philadelphia art institute where he now teaches. His art is inspired by the beauty of nature, and has been exhibited in numerous shows, including The National Arts Club, the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours and The Union League of Philadelphia. In 2013, he was awarded second place in the prestigious International Salon Competition.


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