Fundamental Color Concepts in Drawing and Painting: September 28 – November 9, 2019

Color is one of the fundamental elements of creative expression and as such it is
important, not only, to understand the basic principles of color concepts, but also  know how to apply those concepts to studio work.

This intensive, hands-on course of study is designed for anyone who would like to more fully develop their use of color as an artist and understand how to apply fundamental color concepts and techniques in developing expressive and dynamic composition

The course will cover Itten’s 7 color concepts, hue, value, saturation, complementary contrast, contrast of extension, simultaneous contrast, cool/warm contrast. Each class will begin with an in-depth look at one of the seven contrasts followed by directed application studies of that type of contrast. A majority of the class (studio) time will be allotted to the directed application assignments. We will begin with the simplest of the seven contrasts and work toward the more complex. Upon completion of this course participants have a collection of studies that they can take back to their personal studios and use as source material for more in-depth and completed compositions.

Fundamental Color Concepts in Drawing and Painting is 7-week. Each class will be held on Saturday from 1-4 pm running on consecutive Saturdays for the seven weeks.

The program is intended for participants with experience in water-based media (watercolor and/or acrylic paints), colored pencils and/or pastels.  Because the participants select their media it is important for them to have a familiarity and experience working with their chosen material(s).

A minimum number of 5 “students” will be required to hold the course. To maker sure that we can keep this as individual as possible the maximum number of “students” will be 8.

If  you have questions for  Don Seastrum please contact him at:

Online Registration:

Mail Registration: To Register for on of Fundamental Color Concepts in Drawing and Painting please click on the following link.  There you will find the application form:

Location:                                                                                                                                             MetaSpace                                                                                                                                                                                                  901 West Tomichi Avenue                                                                                                                                                    Gunnison, Colorado

September 28/ November 9, 2019                                                                                                                                                  1-4 p.m.

Professional Development Program Costs:                                                                                                                            $300 for 7 weeks                                                                                                                                                                                 $280 for early registration before September 4th

Required Materials:                                                                                                                                                                          Drawing Paper (if drawing is you media)                                                                                                                               Small Canvas Boards (if acrylic painting is your media)                                                                                                Heavy Water Color Paper  200 lbs or higher (if water color painting is your media)                                         Colored Pencils (all media)                                                                                                                                                         Drawing pencils: 6H, 4H, HB, 2B (all media)                                                                                                                                 Good Eraser(s)                                                                                                                                                                                  Notebook for taking notes on theory concepts

 Program Facilitator                                                                                                                                                                             Don Eugene Seastrum​

Don is Emeritus Professor of Art, holds a Ph.D. in Fine Art from the Union Institute, a Masters degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelors degree from Western Colorado University.  A more complete description of Dr. Seastrum’s background and personal work can be found at ​