Learn Color Theory with Watercolors

Get an introduction to the color wheel using watercolors. Learn color theory basics including warm and cool colors, primary colors, color triads, and complimentary colors. Students will use a limited number of paints to mix a broad spectrum of hues. After working through color mixing basics and a few demos on watercolor techniques, we will use decorative stencils to create geometric or floral designs to fill with your newly mixed colors. Leave class with multiple small watercolors or one more complex painting, as well as new knowledge about color mixing.

Special Notes

  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
    This class is not wheelchair accesible due to a set of stairs.
    On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.
About the Instructor

Sarah Irvin

Sarah Irvin earned a Master of Fine of Arts in Painting from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia. Irvin’s work across multiple media has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, contributing to the conceptual context of more than fifty group exhibitions and in more than twenty solo shows.

Alongside her work as a visual artist, Irvin is identified as an active contributor to critical theory and practice. Her resume includes a keynote address and featured presentations at prestigious conferences, as well as editor-in-chief of a published anthology, editor, and peer reviewer. Irvin also shares her thought leadership at the higher education level, completing artist talks, critiques, and master classes for students pursuing excellence in paper, painting, drawing, and ink. Her teaching experience includes adjunct faculty roles at Virginia Union University and Virginia Commonwealth University in art history and art appreciation. Irvin’s depth of research and experience continues through her panel talks and forums, guest curatorial roles, artist-in-residencies, and published writing and editing.

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Class Details
October 261 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Day: Sat
Tuition: $55.00
Member Tuition: $49.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Sarah Irvin
Level: Beginner