Introducing Color College

An Online Course for All Artists
with Marla Baggetta
Featuring Acrylic and pastel

Color! What a wonderful and mysterious language it is! Unlock the keys to creating vibrant paintings with the powerful tools and concepts presented in this in depth course. Marla will bring to you a strong creative approach to color steeped in color theory with over 13 Hours of expert instruction and a 92 page printable study guide. 

“I want students to have the freedom and confidence that comes with a deep foundational knowledge of color that can be employed with any media. I’ve decoded the mystery of color and I’ll share everything I’ve learned with you! I don’t hold anything back in this workshop.”

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Over 13 Hours of Video

We have worked hard to bring you high quality instructional videos that provides easy to follow, clear and detailed instruction.  You’ll have lifetime access to all the videos enabling you work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home from any device for a seamless and modern online experience.

Beautifully Illustrated PDF

Our 90+ page detailed coursework presents you with an illustrated guide to materials, theory and wisdom from an expert instructor and professional artist covering everything you need to get started with color mastery. Divided into 9 highly structured chapters, Marla will guide you through all of the necessary groundwork, reinforced with exciting exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, providing you a roadmap to becoming an accomplished painter.

Private Facebook Community

 You’ll also have access to a private Facebook group where you can share your progress, ask questions of Marla and a community of your fellow students who are also taking the course to keep you motivated and inspired along the way. 

Course Contents

Each chapter focuses on a fundamental of painting

Chapter 1:

This workshop is designed for anyone who is engaged with color! First, we hit the very basics and unpack them. Then we look at mixing and the best way to see and analyze color. I recommend the mixing practices even for pastelists so you might need to get some paint! Next is a deep dive into each aspect of color followed up with powerful exercises to give you vital practice with each concept. Then I’ll help you learn to orchestrate color as we look at established color schemes. These are a jumping off point to more unstructured and adventurous play with color in our final project.

Chapter 2:
Getting Started

I’ve outlined several simple options for materials and encourage keeping it simple. We wil be working with Acrylic paint and optionally, Pastels for this course, but the principles apply to all mediums.  We will start with simple exercises, move to more complex ones, then culminate in a final project where you’ll apply everything you’ve learned.

Chapter 3:
Color Basics

We start with a little vocabulary, simple definitions and examples to illustrate the key factors about color. There are three aspects responsible for a colors appearance; value, hue and saturation.

Chapter 4:

The skill of matching color that you see is crucial for any artist whether you are a painter, pastelist or even graphic designer. If color is in your life, you need to know how to mix it! You can get very good at it with a little practice and a solid process. This chapter takes you through the steps to become proficient at mixing any color.

Chapter 5:
Working with Aspects of Color

No matter your level of experience as an artist, you might be struggling with teasing out the difference between value, hue and saturation in your work. This is one of the hardest things to grasp as a painter. It’s hard to see a color’s value independent of its brightness. It’s easy to associate lightness in value with brightness but they are not the same thing. Here we take a closer look at each aspect of color. Understanding the independence and interdependence of the three aspects of every color is the key to your color competence. 

Chapter 6:
Carlson's Theory of Angles

See it simply, Paint it simply. Well, it’s not that simple is it? It’s been said that every good picture is fundamentally an arrangement of three or four masses, a design of masses of differing sizes and values. Color gets the glory but value does the work! The key to this theory is that the elements in a painting that an artist must deal with have different values not because of any color they may have but because they present different angles to the light that falls on them from the sky.

Chapter 7:
The Impressionists + Optical Mixing

The impressionists were innovators whose
techniques still have a powerful influence
on painters to this day. Optical mixing or
the The Bezold Effect when two or more
colors are perceived simultaneously they
are seen as combined and thus merged
into a new color. The original colors are
made invisible and a new color, the optical mixture, replaces it. 

Chapter 8:
Limited Palettes

Limiting your palette is a very good way to promote more harmony in your paintings. That’s why there is much “to do” about color schemes, color masking or gamut masking, historical palettes used by famous artists, ect, ect. There are lots of ways to go about limiting your palette. I believe the best way for beginners is to very simply limit the number of colors you use. If you keep your palette of colors small, all the colors will naturally share a relationship. In this chapter we explore several ways to limit your palette with the goal of promoting a more harmonious result!

Chapter 9:
Putting It All Together

Once we have some tools at our disposal we can begin to push the limits of those tools and use them in more expressive ways. We can orchestrate and be playful with our application of color. I’m constantly pushing the boundaries of my palette and asking myself “what if?” This is where we can build a bridge between our knowledge and our emotions. We can use flashy and sultry hues. We can use color in a realistic or symbolic fashion. We can push color and even invent it. This is where the magic happens!

Chapter 10:

What’s next? There’s plenty more to explore! Going beyond structured color, surfaces application, color interaction, working from color studies, lessons from master colorists and much, much more. Color is such a beautiful and mysterious part of painting that never ceases to surprise and fascinate me. I hope you’ll join me next time as we continue the journey into color together! I’ve included a variety of resources that I think are amazing! I’ve also put together an illustrated glossary of terms that is both beautiful and useful.

What You'll Learn:

What’s the best way to see and analyze color?
Why is it so difficult to see color as value?
What’s the difference between value and saturation?
What is the key to value relationships?
What colors should I buy?
3 powerful mixing exercises.
How can I create real vibrancy in my paintings?
Are there tricks to color harmony?
How do I invent color?
How do I use color masking?
How do I lighten or darken a color?
How do I avoid making muddy color?
How to see and paint the true colors of light.

How can I match colors that I see?
How do I choose exciting colors?
Why is value so important?
How to use a value scale.
Why is it so hard to see intensity?
How do I create color harmony?
How do I create mood with color?
What is color constancy?
How can I learn to see value?
What defines color?
Why should I use a limited palette?
What is compressing values?
What are color strings?

How can I create grays?
What is a “Co-primaries Palette”?
Should I use color schemes?
Why is color temperature important?
When should I push color?
How can I be more confident with my color choices?
What makes a color sing?
What is optical mixing?
How can I create mood with color?

Color College! Only $76

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Beautifully Designed Study Guide

90+ pages of in-depth content

In Depth Theory and Guidance

Marla isolates the complex principles of painting and investigates them practically and simply so any student can comprehend and execute even the most difficult problems. Moving from simple to more involved concepts, each lesson builds on the previous so you’ll gain a sound foundation to further your study and practice of painting.

Step by Step Guided Demonstrations

Marla guides you through the time-tested fundamentals step by step, stroke by stroke from the very beginning stages of a painting to the finish line in a logical and enjoyable path. Marla  stresses the need to develop your own judgement and individual voice as an artist.

A Lifetime of Painting Experience
At Your Fingertips

Over 30 years as a professional artist and teacher

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Marla has Hundreds of Satisfied Students

I was both stimulated and excited at the prospect of taking on a totally new medium. I adored the class work and the interaction with other students. I hope to take another class soon and I feel I have learned a great deal in”mark making” and with a new medium upon which to play. Thanks, Marla!

Donna, Santa Fe

World Class Video Instruction

Like having a teacher at the easel with you, no matter where you are

Fun and Easeful Instruction

With a lifetime of experience as an artist and educator, Marla brings an unparalleled combination of joy and wisdom directly to your home. We have worked hard to offer beautiful and clear video instruction, providing valuable education and insight, that will keep you inspired for months and even years.

Up Close and Personal at the Easel

Following along while learning has never been easier! The demonstration view shows the progress of each painting, the reference photo and thumbnail when appropriate, so you get to see how each piece is built from start to finish. Marla narrates her progress in real time as she is painting, so you won’t miss a thing!

Color College! Only $76


Get started mastering Color College with this incredible Online Workshop!

Frequently Asked Questions

You need to log into the site to participate in the workshop so you will need an internet connection. Workshops and Subscriptions are accessible on iPads, tablets, computers, laptops and even phones – any device you can watch access the web on.

If you have any problems with playing a video or hearing a video, try these steps: 

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Sure, you can open a support ticket and we’ll help you right away. Just Email Suport  and we will reply within 24 hours! If we don’t know the answer to your question, we’ll ask Marla and she’ll reply as quickly as she can.

The workshop assignments are online accessible 24×7 – you can take the lessons any time you want. You are not required to complete the course in a specified amount of time. You get access to all the assignments in the workshop at once in a secure member’s area on PaintingLessonsWithMarla.com

When you register for the workshop, you’ll get a Student Account which gives you access to the My Courses area on the PaintingLessonsWithMarla.com website. Your Student Account will allow you take lessons and complete assignments any time you want.

You get lifetime access to the workshop and lessons you pay for so you can finish your painting any time.  It’s fun to keep up with your fellow artists and see how they are doing too but you can stop and come back to it any time, 24×7.  Assignment reminders are sent via email but you can complete them at your own pace – no problem at all! 

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Our Site has been carefully designed to be easy to follow. Our simple learning system tracks your progress and takes out the hassle, allowing you to focus on panting!

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