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Learning to See Color -- Jeffrey Keith


Learning to See Color is a class for artists and non-artists alike of all ages who want to learn about how color works and to apply their new color skills for practical color use. 

Color is the most powerful medium in visual art.  Color constantly informs and influences our world in so many ways, physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Learning to See Color introduces students to the principals underlying color interaction and how a practical understanding of how color works will enhance their lives.

Students work with paint and colored paper in simple, straightforward exercises through a systematic process designed to help students discover for themselves how color works and allow them to experiment with their new-found color skills harnessing the power of color for optimum advantage at whatever task they set. 

Visual artist Jeffrey Keith has spent a lifetime learning how to harness the power of color. Jeffrey grew up on Cape Cod and attended CalArts and the Art Institute of San Francisco. He has been teaching color and color theory at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History for over twenty-five years. Jeffrey maintains a studio in North RiNo. 

Materials List:

First day:

  • I-2 pads Bristol board, 9x12”. If you are not familiar with this product it is a light, white card stock available at most art supply stores under the brand name “Bristol Board”. We will use a lot of it, it is not very expensive. 
  • Glue stick(s), really any kind. Get 2, they’re cheap and sometimes dry out.
  • Sharp scissors. 
  • Straight edge/ruler for measuring and cutting straight lines.
  • Twelve large sized clear plastic zip-lock bags. 
  • Finally, please bring to class on the first day as many magazines you can carry with as much color pictures and advertisements you can find. This is a very important part of your color workshop materials list, so please don’t scrimp. 

Second class: (I will help advise you on the first day about these new materials, listed below.)

  • Paint, acrylic or gouache, your choice, in an array of primary colors red, yellow and blue, ivory black and titanium white.
  • Two number 6 or 8 flat head, square brushes.
  • Palette knives for mixing 
  • Disposable wax-paper palette block or suitable glass palette
  • Two cups or empty cans for water


5209 Montview Blvd
Denver 80207

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