Painter’s Guide to Color

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Painter’s Guide to Color
with Amanda Hawkins

May 17 – 20, 2024 | Friday – Monday | 9am – 3pm daily | lunch break 12:30 – 1:30

  • Medium: Acrylic Paint
  • Experience Level: All Levels/Beginner – Intermediate
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of materials students need to bring to the workshop.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio.

A Painters Guide to Color is a comprehensive course for painters of all levels and styles. The
class combines theory, demonstration, hands-on practice, and art history for a robust learning
experience designed to deepen your knowledge of all things related to color within a painting
practice. This course is a carefully considered sequence of exercises that covers a wide range
of color related topics including pigments, mixing, neutrals, saturation, value, atmosphere,
temperature, and proportion.

Day 1: Investigate Your Pigments & Discover Your Color Wheel
Day 2: The Bounds of a Color; The Power of Subtle Hue Shifts in Creating Forms
Day 3: Value Does the Work, Color Gets the Glory; Abandon Local Color with Intention
Day 4: Analysis of Color Boundaries: Why Some Colors Vibrate, Dissolve or Shapeshift

You will have access to a digital database of documents and readings to aid and support your journey during and after the class. The following is available for limitless download:
– Optional/additional color exercises to do outside of class
– Reference documents including informative and historic color wheels
– An extensive list of color mixing prompts
– Several readings regarding color, color theory, and/or pigments

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Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Beverly, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and Masters in Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University in 2021. She is on the Board of Trustees at Rocky Neck Art Colony and shows her work in gallery shows across New England. Amanda teaches painting workshops across North America and virtual workshops with an international draw. Her work can be found in private art collections across the globe. Amanda maintains an active studio blog and shares her creative practice with over 25K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s exploring New England and gaining inspiration for her next painting.

Materials List:

Color-Aid Paper
Matte Medium
Sketchbook (Moleskine 8.25×11 recommended)
Paint Palette (Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Recommended)
(4) canvas, size 8×10 or similar (canvas, canvas pads, or canvas boards recommended)
Palette Knife
Value Chart
5-10 small-medium paint brushes
Mandatory Acrylic Colors:
(5oz) Titanium white
(2oz) Cadmium Red Light
(2oz) Cadmium Yellow Light
(2oz) Ultramarine Blue
(2oz) Burnt Umber

Your usual acrylic pigments*
*Amanda believes it is important for you to attend the class with your usual pigments in order to
gain a better understanding of your materials and painting practice; bring your paints from home
and do not purchase all listed below because they may not be right for you. Amanda will have
the following pigments for demonstrations, you may try small amounts of her paints:

Titanium White
Quinacridone Magenta
Napthol Red Light
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Yellow Light
Yellow Ochre
Phthalo Green
Sap Green
Phthalo Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Dioxazine Purple
Burnt Umber

Questions about materials? Email Amanda at 


Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before April 17, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after April 17, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: If traveling to Sedona, we strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.