1 to 3 days - Beginner through Advanced

Kate Aubrey, Instructor

Why Color Theory with Kate Aubrey is not your usual, dry color theory presentation. It’s a one day crash-course, cheat-sheet presentation full of intriguing information you can use right away. There’s a lot to discover, so it’s fast-paced. Boredom is not an option. There will be demos. There will be student experimentation. There will be answers to your questions about how Kate mixes and uses color to achieve the effects that give more impact to her work. You, too, can learn to mix gorgeous color, so come prepared to take notes and experiment!

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SUPPLY LIST

  • Although this color theory  workshop is designed so you can use your own paints, paper, etc., I do ask that you have M. Graham’s or Stephen Quiller’s Cadmium Yellow Light. 
    • Yes, it’s important to get the exact color name by the exact maker.
    • If you are using a medium other than watercolor, please bring all of your yellows; we might be able to find a match for my cad yellow light.
  • I recommend every painter have pthalocyanine blue ( no other descriptors on the label) and either permanent rose or quinacridone rose on their palette.
  • The paper you usually use in quarter sheets and one or two half sheets. These will be for experimentation and exercises, so backs of old paintings can work well, too. 
    • NOTE: Cheaper papers in notebook form usually take the paint differently and are more difficult to use, nor do they show you what the paint will look and act like on your favorite paper. I discourage their use.
  • Please bring your usual painting setup and a nice spread of colors sufficient for quick exercises and experimentation.
  • If you have questions about the supplies, please call or email me and ask. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 775-315-0468
  • Because people often ask, here is a listing of my usual painting supplies and tools:

WHAT I USE

Watercolor Paints:

 

Color Name

Brand

+

Cadmium Yellow Light

M. Graham or Quiller

 

Permanent Orange

Quiller

 

Cadmium Red Light

Quiller

 

Cadmium Red

M. Graham or Quiller

+

Quinacridone Rose

M. Graham

 

Quinacridone Violet

M. Graham

 

Ultramarine Violet

M. Graham

 

Ultramarine Blue 

M. Graham

+

Pthalocyanine Blue

M. Graham

 

Richeson Turquoise

Quiller

 

Richeson Green

Quiller

 

Permanent Green Light

M. Graham

 

Cerulean Blue

M. Graham or Quiller

 

Naples Yellow - optional

Quiller

+Primary colors (aka colors with Super Powers)

Quiller Traveling Palette

Watercolor Brushes:

Richeson 7000 series watermedia - carried by Jerry’s Artarama, Quiller Gallery (www.quillergallery.com) and Dick Blick (www.dickblick.com) online:

  • No. 8 round
  • No. 12 round
  • 3/4” flat
  • 1 1/2” flat
  • 2” flat (for half sheet and larger)
  • 3” flat (for full sheet and larger)

Watercolor paper – Hahnemuehle Cezanne (rough surface), Saunders Waterford, Arches or Fabriano Artistico, rough or cold press, 140#.

Painting setup:

  • Sketch pad, 9 x 12” or 5 x 7” for design sketches/notes
  • Pencils (graphite) - Prismacolor Turquoise 2B or Durwent HB or equivalent
  • Pencil sharpener - small, handheld, metal
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Mr. Clean Original Magic Erasers
  • Mabef French Backpacker’s Easel
  • Board to support watercolor paper - hollow-core drafting board, plywood, masonite, Gatorboard, or other boards made for the purpose and carried by art stores and mail order art suppliers. 
  • Water container(s)
  • Viva original paper towels
  • Spray bottle - adjustable from a fine spray to a stream (Hobby Lobby)
  • Hair dryer
  • Plain old masking tape – 1 ½” works well, the kind made by 3M. Special tapes made for artists are OK.
  • Old clothes, smock or apron
  • Canon Rebel SLR digital camera or smartphone camera
  • Laptop or tablet

***Please note that I will have some paints, brushes, and paper available for purchase. M.Graham and Quiller paints can often be found at or ordered by your local art supply store. You can keep them in business by looking there first.

  • M. Graham and Quiller brands are carried online at www.jerrysartarama.com; you can find them by clicking on the “See All” button below the ones they list first.
  • M. Graham brand is available at www.dickblick.com.
  • Quiller brand paints can also be purchased at www.quillergallery.com, whose prices are sometimes less than through the above suppliers.

Workshop Testimonials

Painting Real People

Fountain City Art Center, 2017

This class, for me, has become a life changing experience. It’s learning how to think, how to plan, and how to put these ideas into my own interpretation. Now I know what it means to be able to see!  ~ C. Brenner

Her use of unexpected colors is phenomenal — colors I would never dream of using or would be afraid to use. Now, no more fear. ~ C. Brenner

What would you like to tell others about Kate’s workshops?  Take one! The best thing you can do for your painting! Awesome!  ~ V. Brandt 

Color Theory Workshop

Oak Ridge Art Center, July 2020

[Kate] really helped me think of color differently & understand Quiller’s Wheel better & how to use it. Enjoyed her class! Will help me see paintings & natural colors in a more nuanced way.  ~ Sarah A.

…full of information that was extremely helpful. Gives many creative directions in use of color — flexible but safe experiments with color. Very direct and easy to understand. ~ Sondra A.

Painting Landscapes in Watercolor

Chota - Art Guild of Tellico Village, 2018

Great teacher. Your head will be full to bursting.  ~ P. Wheeler

Worth the time, money, energy—everything. You’ll come away with fresh ideas, much-improved skills, renewed enthusiasm.  ~ L. Blair

Go, listen, and learn! You won’t believe the magic that can happen…on your paper and in your mind!  ~ Jann Bohnenberger

Chota - Art Guild of Tellico Village, 2015

Top notch! Informative, insightful and generous with both her time and her advice.  ~ C. Conger

Painting the Floral Portrait in Watercolor

Chota - Art Guild of Tellico Village, 2015

How would you rate this instructor? Excellent!!! I learned so much about so many things!!! Thank you.  ~ J. Porter

Kate is an excellent presenter with excellent listening skills and always constructive with her guidance.  ~ K. Harding

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