The Art of Color with Andrea Cermanski

The Art of Color with Andrea Cermanski

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ” -Oscar Wilde

Understanding color theory and applying these principles to an artwork can be the difference between a mediocre painting and a masterpiece. This course is designed for students who would like to advance their art making by learning color techniques. By the end of the workshop students will understand color theory and will feel confident about color choices in art making. All courses can be adapted to meet students’ individual needs. All materials are supplied, and non-toxic acrylic paints are used for the workshops.

Color Course Selections:

Basic Color Theory–3 hours

In this class students will learn the basic principles of color theory. Students will learn how to make a color wheel, color mixing and the use of color to create various visual effects. Students will start a painting using their own mixed colors.

Intermediate Color Theory–3 hours

In this class students will learn intermediate color theory techniques using color schemes and creating space through color. Students will learn how to use analogous, complementary and monochromatic colors, and will learn how to create shallow, deep and ambiguous space. Students will start a painting using their own mixed colors.

Advanced Color Theory–3 hours

In this class students will learn advanced color theory techniques and will learn how to mix a wide variety of colors using only the primaries (red, blue and yellow). Students will also learn about using earth tones and will mix their own neutral shades. Students will be asked to bring 5 unique colors from a magazine and they will learn how to mix those exact colors. Students will start a painting using their own mixed colors.











Andrea Cermanski


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“One of the reasons I loved working with Andrea was because she asked me what I wanted from my session with her. She did not have any preconceived idea about composition, perspective, color, etc., or how the lesson should go, but provided the direction I needed. I appreciate that Andrea is an intuitive artist so she totally got how I work. She also supplied the canvas, tools and acrylics for the session, which saved me a lot of time since working in this medium was a first. I look forward to my next lesson!” Malika Healey 12/2012


Andrea Joy Cermanski is an artist and educator who has taught Art and English for 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. A painter for 15 years, she has exhibited in “Feminists Under Forty,” a show curated by Judy Chicago, “New Mexico Women Artists,” and had her first solo show, Meditations on Nature in October of 2011. She was a contributor to the “Crossing Cultural Bridges Project,” and her curriculum on teaching African art in context was published by the Albuquerque Art Museum. A world traveler, Andrea taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, and English and Art in Kolkata, India through the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. She currently shows her work at the William and Joseph Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.


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June 18, 2012

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