Understanding Color in the Landscape: Painting Bright, Energetic Pictures in Oil and Acrylic with Mike Wise


Registration Deposit: $140
Total cost of Workshop: $420
Dates: Friday, November 1st – Sunday, November 3rd, 2024 (9am-4pm)
Location: Mike Wise’s Studio, 560 Hill Valley Dr, Coupeville

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Deposit: $140 (includes $25 registration)
Balance: $280 (includes $0 materials, due 60 days ahead of workshop)
Total cost of Workshop: $420
Level: Some experience in painting and color mixing is required

For oil and acrylic*

Join Mike Wise in his Whidbey Island studio for an intense information-packed workshop. Mike will demonstrate his painting techniques in oils, from initial concept and block-in, to middle ground modeling and top layer impasto finish work. All workshops follow a similar flow with an equal balance of demonstrations and student painting time. Throughout the course of this workshop, Mike will demonstrate his complete approach to painting, from white canvas to finished picture. Mike will do painting demonstrations in the morning and afternoon each day and will provide plenty of one-on-one instruction with students. He will cover everything from the basics to advanced techniques. Demonstrations will cover values, massing, edges, drawing, paint handling, mediums, tools, supports and anything else that goes into painting.

In addition to the above, this class will have special emphasis on color. Color, and specifically color temperature, is what generally makes a painting “feel” a certain way. No amount of detail will fill the void of a color temperature deficit and it will make or break a painting if not well understood. Color temperature can be one of the most difficult things for students to understand due to its relative nature, and it is one of the major reasons paintings fail. When asking, “The values are right, so why doesn’t the painting work…?” it is highly likely that color temperature is the culprit. Mike will take students through his approach to identifying and dealing with color temperature. It is a critically important nuance that when learned, will take your paintings to the next level.

Students will learn:

  • Temperature of color, how to identify and use
  • Color systems, how to understand and use
  • The power of, and how to use, a limited palette
  • Creating color harmony
  • Color problems with photos and how to overcome
  • How to use and make color studies
  • Exaggeration for impact

*Acrylic painters should note that Mike paints using oils, however he is very comfortable teaching students who paint with acrylic. While demonstrations are in oil, many of the same principles apply. If you are painting in acrylic, it is up to you to know the specific nuances of your medium.

Student Testimonials:

“Mike is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable, but he shares all of his experience, tips and techniques with his students. He wants us to be successful artists. His modeling of the steps and phases of painting, his individual feedback, and his genuine appreciation of master artists, are how he has supported me as I am learning, growing, and evolving as an oil painter.”

— Pamela G., Freeland, WA

“Mike Wise’s classes feature expressive use of design, color and brushwork. Lots of individual attention and helpful demos, definitely recommend!”

— June J., Edmonds, WA