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Key Tools for Your Paintbox: Values & Color

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


No matter what subject matter you’re painting (landscape, still life, portrait) or what your reference is (painting from life in your studio, painting plein air or using photos), values and color are the two most important things you’ll need to address. They’re the two things that will really make a big difference in the quality of your painting. And they’re two of the most challenging for newer painters.

Join me in this 1-day workshop and let’s spend a day practicing the following:

1. Values: How to identify a range of values in your subject matter in order to create perspective and realism in your painting; How to keep those values clearly differentiated in the painting process; How to express a range of values in a given color.

2. Color: How to mix the colors you see in your reference; How to change the “color temperature” (cool, warm) in order to express your subject accurately; How to saturate/de-saturate colors to create perspective in your paintings

We’ll do a series of exercises, focusing on a variety of objects on the table. You’ll come away with the skills to express a clear value design in your paintings and the confidence to mix whatever colors you want to achieve.

The workshop is geared for newer and intermediate painters; for anyone who wants to continue to develop their painting skills. This workshop will help you take a leap forward in the quality of your work.

The workshop will be held in my studio at Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco. It’s limited to a maximum of 7 students. Painters are welcome to paint in oil, acrylic, gouache or other water-based paints. A materials list will be sent to you upon registration in advance of the workshop.

Cost of workshop: $80. This amount is refundable in full up to 2 weeks prior to the workshop; after that the registration fee is non-refundable.

To register: On PayPal send $80 to Bruce Katz Studio (bruce@brucekatzstudio.com). Or email to for me address to send me a check.

The fee for students who would like to sign up for a package of 4 workshops to be taken in 2019 is $280 ($70 per workshop), to be paid in advance of the first one). Please contact me through the Contact page on this site regarding registration.


April 11
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Bruce Katz


Hunters Point Shipyard
Horn Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124 United States
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