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Course Description

Understand the dynamics of color and learn how to mix pigments as you build foundational oil painting skills. Through easy to follow exercises that build insight into the world of color, Heather will guide students to build skills for confidently painting a still life from observation. This challenging part in the painting process is essential to creating an interesting image that conveys a sense of time and place with mood and meaning. You will learn how to identify, mix, and match colors according to the qualities of warm and color, bright and muted, dark and light, and harmonious and contrast. Heather will also share her inspiring knowledge of how contemporary artists are using color in their work. Whether you are new to oils, or looking to deepen your understanding of both color and pigments, this class will deepen not only how you paint, but how you see. All levels welcome.

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All materials included.

Understanding & Mixing Color 18+

Heather V McLeod

Heather V McLeod is an artist exploring identity and the psychology by which we perceive others. Interested primarily in portraiture and representative work, Heather creates pieces with the intent of capturing the character of the figure portrayed. She plays with the use of symbolism and concealment to enhance the narrative and evoke a quiet yet humorous side to portraiture. Born and raised in the greater New York area, Heather received her MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2021 and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. In 2017 she was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Award in Perugia, Italy where she lived and worked for a year. She is a recent recipient of two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants and The Leslie T. and Francis Posey Scholarship. She has been featured in a number of exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and has been the recipient of a number of art related awards, including most recently AXA Art Prize Finalist.
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