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The Ultimate Color Mixing Class


Virginia Robinson Gardens
Pool Pavilion
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


January 14-15, 2015
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

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The Ultimate Color Mixing Class with Deborah Shaw



Tired of spending endless time and paint trying to find the right color? Learn to mix colors through color theory. This fun, no-stress workshop is for beginners through advanced participants and goes beyond what is typically taught in color mixing classes. Although this watercolor class will focus on botanical subjects, the theory and exercises apply to all art forms and media, including: plein air, still life, and portraits; whether they’re created in watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, or pastel. Learn about:

  • The hidden values in color, and color mixing basics.
  • Where colors fall on the color wheel, and how that affects mixing.
  • Transparency, lightfastness, granulation.
  • Basic color theories and changing color through the ages (how did Van Gogh get those sad violets?).
  • Color mixing and painting methods.
  • How to avoid mixing mud, AND how to (purposefully) mix mud, shadows and other nasty colors.
  • Mixing beyond the basics, including the ultimate color mixing exercise.


Instructor biography:

shawTeachingVRG-1Deborah Shaw has a degree in fine art from Pomona College, The Claremont Colleges, where she also studied botany and native California flora. Ms. Shaw is an active member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She has taught art and botanical art at numerous venues, including The Getty, The Huntington, Virginia Robinson Gardens and Bowers Museum. She taught illustration, digital design and information design at the University of California, Irvine, Extension where she was the recipient of the “Distinguished Instructor” award.

 Deborah’s work has been displayed in juried and non-juried exhibitions, and is in private collections. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University. She has received numerous awards for art, illustration, design, product design and advertising. Her preferred media include graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, scratchboard, Illustrator and Photoshop.