Color study is a method of learning to see and paint color from life
with an understanding of how the light source effects influences and
transforms color. Inspired by the teachings of American painter Henry
Hensche and Studio Incamminati founder Nelson Shanks, students
learn to see beyond an object’s local color and learn to see how the
light source influences the color. Students learn to see the influence
of warm artificial studio light on the model, and will paint shadows as
distinctive colors rather than tints and shades of brown or black. Color
is relative, and students learn to see colors in relationship to each other
by comparing and relating strong, simplified color statements, then
adjusting and modifying these initial statements to fine tune the color
relationships. Concepts will be introduced with simplified box studies
the first day, then students will study color working with clothed and
nude figure models. Daily instructor demonstrations and individual
easel critiques will guide students in an understanding of the concepts
and process of color study. This workshop is suitable for beginning and
Classes are open to all teachers, with middle and high-school teachers especially encouraged to apply; concepts for classroom use will be discussed daily. The content addresses Pennsylvania Academic and National Standards for Art Education and Pennsylvania teachers can earn30 hours of PDE Act 48 credits. New Jersey teachers can earn state Continuing Education Credits.
Natalie won the Portrait Society of America’s 2009 Certificate of Excellence. Her work can be seen at www.natalieitaliano.com.
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