Color and Tonal Value

Course number : NCR 9567   
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This six week class will explore tonal value and color. You will begin by understanding what tonal value really means, how it relates to paintings and how you can use it for the best compositions. Through a series of exercises you will learn how (and why) to make a tonal pattern for your paintings regardless of the subject matter. For the first two weeks you will only work in tone. This planning stage is the key to making paintings that need very little correcting.

Then you will explore color and how it relates to tonal value.  You will learn a lot about mixing colors and choosing different color schemes for your paintings. The aim will be to know how to always achieve the correct tone of color for all of the different areas of your subject.

Finally you will be putting all of this planning to work in your completed paintings. You are free to choose any subject matter to paint in this class and work with any of the water-based media. E.g. Acrylic, Gouache, Watercolor, Watercolor crayons/pencils or Pastel. To the first class, bring some ideas of the type of subject matter that you would like to paint, a sketchbook and a 2b pencil.

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Class Details

6 Sessions
Weekly - Sat

Cal Poly Graphic Arts Bldg. 26

Tricia Reichert 

Please read: Cal Poly may require a parking permit. See the link for more information: The materials list is posted on our website.



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
2/25/2017 - 4/1/2017 Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Graphic Arts Bldg. 26  Map, Room: 123 Tricia Reichert