Learning Color Theory Basics With The Split Primary Color Wheel

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Learning Color Theory Basics With The Split Primary Color Wheel

Erika Lancaster Artist

Having trouble telling whether paint colors are Warm or Cool? Do you struggle with 'muddy' colors and want to feel more confident when creating the mixtures you need? Why is the Color Wheel so important and how is one actually used? What is a Color Scheme and why is it essential to plan colors before starting a new drawing or painting?

This course covers all the basics on Color Theory and the Color Wheel which will help you build a solid foundation to jump off from, and will help you make faster progress as an artist. 

We'll be working on creating a Split Primary Color Wheel from scratch, which is an incredibly powerful exercise, even for more advanced artists.

A mixture of lecture-type and practical classes are included, which cover must-know information, as well as provide hands-on exercises.

✱ What You'll Learn:

-Why the Color Wheel is an essential tool for artists and how it is used to create great art

-What Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors are

-Tried-and-true Color Schemes used by artists throughout history (with lots of examples)

-Why knowing about Analogous and Complementary Colors is essential for color mixing

-The importance of understanding Color Temperature and how to tell if colors are Warm or Cool

-Why Split Primary Color Wheels are so helpful for beginner and intermediate artists

-How to create a Split Primary Color Wheel 

-How to explore all possible Secondary Color mixtures with a Split Primary palette

✱ Supplies you'll need:
-Watercolor paper *Suggested type/weight: Cold Press, 140 lbs. -Watercolor set *A Warm and Cool version for each Primary Color (Red, Yellow, Blue) -Watercolor brush(es) *Suggested types/size: Round 8-14 -Drawing pencil 
-Soft graphite eraser
-Black pen or marker
-3 Round objects in different sizes (for tracing)                   -Ruler
-Color mixing palette
-Water container(s)
-Absorbent towel or regular kitchen paper towels

By the end of this course, you'll have worked on three exercises:

a) You'll pick your Warm and Cool Primaries by creating color swatches

b) You'll create a Split Primary Color Wheel using the colors you selected in the first exercise

c) You'll explore all possible Secondary Color combinations using your selected colors

Before jumping into the exercises, there are two lecture-type classes that are chock-full of information on Color Theory that will help you with your hands-on practice, and you'll be able to take with you to create better artwork in the future. 

Several downloadable resources are included. I've included a supply checklist, templates for both the Split Primary Color Wheel exercise and the Secondary Color Mixing exercise, photos of my finished color studies, as well as a list of different blue, red and yellow paint colors you'll be able to find in art supply stores with their color temperature. 

Hope you enjoy and get a lot from this course. :)

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Thank you for your interest in purchasing my course!
I have designed this course to help you improve your understanding of drawing and watercolor painting.

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Due to the digital nature of this course, all sales are final. When your payment is made, you immediately get access to all of the videos and downloadables included in this course. You are free to download them and use them as many times as you'd like, moving forward. Because of this, I do not offer refunds, exchanges or cancellations. By making a purchase, you agree to these terms.

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Last updated May 22, 2023

When you buy this course, you'll get lifetime access to my full Learning Color Theory Basics With The Split Primary Color Wheel course, which is made up of 9 value-packed classes in which I cover all the must-know information on Color Theory for beginners and take you through creating a Split Primary Color Wheel from scratch. This course also includes printable templates, as well as photos of my color wheel and color swatches that you can use as references. If you have any questions, send me an email: hello@erikalancaster.com and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. :)

Supplies (Video File -.mp4)
Course Project (Video File -.mp4)
Color Theory Basics (Video File -.mp4)
Color Temperature Masterclass (Video File -.mp4)
Choosing Warm and Cool Primaries (Video File -.mp4)
Color Wheel Template (Video File -.mp4)
Filling in Color Wheel (Video File -.mp4)
Observations (Video File -.mp4)
Exploring Secondary Color Mixes (Video File -.mp4)
+ Downloadable supply checklist, templates for exercises and examples.