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"Color Theory for Painters: Your Path to Bright Clear Colors, Shadows & the Illusion of Distance" (February 29, 2024) with Alex Sharma

Your Path to Bright Clear Colors,
Shadows & the Illusion of Distance

with Alex Sharma 

1 Full-Day
Thursday (10am to 4pm)

February 29, 2024

Art League Academy
(106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC)


All we ever need to know about color is in the color wheel for us to discover.

Imagine 6 specific colors - reds, blues and yellows -- that will change the way you paint and how you see and mix colors. Now imagine using these colors to achieve clear, bright colors, the illusion of distance, volume, depth and shadow!

This is  a hands-on full-day workshop to immerse yourself in color possibilities and put your learning into practice. Come prepared to paint along in the medium of your choice as Alex introduces, in a step-by-step manner, some surprising color combinations that make for brighter, more intense and fresh colors, and how to alter them to create the illusion of distance and shadow.
In the afternoon we will paint from still life to practice using our colors to paint intense or bright areas, and their shadows, while achieving the illusion of distance to show objects in front and behind.

Alex will paint in both watercolors and oils: the color theory is the same for all painting mediums!

This class is appropriate for beginner level students, intermediate level students, and advanced students wanting a refresher on color!

Ticket purchases to Art League of Hilton Head events are final. Refunds will not be given for missed or classes/workshops.

If a class or workshop is canceled by Art League of Hilton Head a full refund will be given.

Materials Included: Students Should Bring The Materials Listed Below...
Requirements: Click HERE for a printable PDF of the COLOR THEORY supplies list.


Paint in your medium of choice: watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil or pastels.

Colors Alex will be using:

2 Reds: 1 Warm & 1 Cool;

Cadmium Red (orange-leaning red)
Alizarin Crimson (blue leaning red)

2 Blues: 1 Warm & 1 Cool;
Ultramarine Blue (red-leaning blue)
Phthalo Blue (green-leaning blue)

2 Yellows: 1 Warm & 1 Cool;
Cadmium Yellow (orange-leaning yellow)
Lemon Yellow or Aureolin (green-leaning yellow)

These are not the only colors that will work for our purpose. Take a look at the paints you have. Whatever the name on your tub of color, look at it and see if it has the appearance required. Example: 1.) a pale yellow (cool) and 2.) a yellow that leans towards orange (warm).

COOL - Greens, Blues & Volets

WARM - Yellows, Oranges & Reds

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Instructor: Alex Sharma
Instructor Bio:
Born into a family of artists, ALEXANDRA SHARMA learned early a unique awareness of form and space that is manifest in her work. A painter, print maker, sculptor, and art professor, Alexandra has a Fine Arts degree and has studied at the Sorbonne, France, and Oxford University, England. Her work spans over twenty-five years and she is known for unique visual imagery in her paintings and her ability to capture the moment as she works primarily en plein air.

Alexandra is a founding member of the Multi Media Arts Guild, Kingston, Canada, and member of Hilton Head Art League, Apple Pie Painters, Northview Group of Artists, and a lifetime member of the American art honorary, Delta Phi Delta.

Alexandra exhibits regularly at the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort, SC and at ALHH Gallery.

You can visit Alex Sharma's Website, by clicking HERE

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