with Mary Jane Begin
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01 Class Introduction01:56
02 Understanding the Basics of Color04:10
07 Color Palette11:11
Class duration: 2h 48mSee all 22 lessons
About The Class
Learn color as it applies to any field.
- The elements of color, including value, temperature, saturation, hierarchy, complements, light, harmony, and contrast
- The use of color complements in image making
- The relationship of color to the medium and expression
Understanding the Basics of Color04:10
Color Contrast and Hierarchy15:18
Saturation or Vibrancy of Color09:27
Ground or Surface Color07:32
What is Color Harmony?11:00
Set-up Chalk & Charcoal Demo03:40
Demo: Sketch Simple Still Life05:48
Demo: Establish Value Structure09:06
Demo: Find Temperature Balance09:47
Demo: Shadow & Highlight Placement17:10
Demo: Establish Dimensional Form of Object04:49
Set-up Watercolor Demo11:50
Demo: Establish Color Ground05:26
Demo: Establish Colors for Object05:30
Demo: Sketch Object onto Watercolor03:20
Demo: Color Subtraction & Value Range04:42
Demo: Color Blocking for Composition04:25
Demo: Establish the Shadow Tone05:11
Demo: Utilization of Opaque Color11:51
Desaturate Image in a Picture05:37
Mary Jane Begin
As an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department at RISD…Mary Jane feels INCREDIBLY lucky; she gets to do all the things that she loves to do ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
Color Fundamentals Keynote
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I really liked the informal demonstrations and I also liked the way she set out her pallet with warm and cold colors. This was not only an informative class but inspiring. The casual and relaxed working style, encourage playfulness. Thank you for an awesome class.
I’ve had foundations in many of the color instruction that was presented here so the information was a very good revisit. I also think it was explained better in this presentation than in the other training I’ve had. I enjoyed listening to the lecture, thankfully they weren’t drawn out until you want to stop listening. The demonstration was best after we moved off the charcoal drawing (although that was interesting to watch) because using the paints really brought home to me the application some of the lessons learned. I wish that part would have been more robust so that all of the elements in the lecture could have been directly called out in the demonstration. The instructor was most effective when not trying to multitask too much. Overall, I recommend this course.
I had previously learned basic color theory, but this instructor took my knowledge beyond with layered instruction about value-contrast-complements-hierarchy, etc., and she does it in such a fun way with her own examples of work and great stories! I like her poise and confidence and think this series is a terrific value.
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