How to Paint What You See (Observing, Identifying & Mixing Colors) 1-Day Workshop Mar 24 (Fri) 10:30am-4:30pm


Mar 24, 2017
Debra Sievers
All Skill Levels

If you are tired of spending too much time mixing your paints, only to end up with muddy colors.....or if you are just starting to paint and need a solid understanding of color.......this is the workshop for you!  Color is the core of a painting, no matter what style. Getting the colors right is the essence of knowing how to paint. Through instruction, demos, observation and hands-on practice, we will learn how to balance our left and right brains to master the skill of seeing, naming and mixing colors. Each student will receive lots of individual instruction and support. 




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Oil or Acrylic Paint: good quality brand–37 ml.


Tubes Colors:  *try to buy the 'real' colors, not the 'hue'

Titanium White Original (lg. Tube 150. Ml)
Cadmium Yellow Pale not “light”  (cool yellow)  
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Alizarin Crimson
Thalo Green (yellow shade)
Thalo Blue
Ultramarine Blue Deep

Canvas Boards (2) 16" X 20"
Palette 12" x 16" (two options):  
Glass- Easily bought from a glass shop. Have them cut 1/8th inch thick, clear glass and sand the edges. Tape a neutral grey paper to one side. 
Paper - disposable palette (gray color preferable)


Debra’s Acrylic Recommendation:  Both the Golden and Liquitex brand have all the colors in their "heavy body" tube acrylics. They will all say "hue" which is OK.  Available at any Aaron Brothers and the Dick Blick store in downtown San Diego. Aaron Brothers has a 50% off one item coupon.

March 24, 2017 (Friday)
10:30 am - 4:30 pm 
$75 (*See Supply List for material cost)

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Class Times

10:30 am to 4:30 pm

About the Instructor

Debra Sievers

Painting Acrylic Oil

Debra Sievers, a native of Fallbrook, California, is passionate about art and believes anyone can learn how to paint.   Her formal art education started at Philadelphia College of Art and continued in New York at the Art Students League and New York Academy of Design.  Debra’s studies with several contemporary masters had a profound effect on her art, culminating with six arduous months of intense training in France with Ted Seth Jacobs.   Considered an accomplished portrait painter, Debra has recently expanded her subjects from people to the planet.  Beginning with drawings and paintings of ancient olive trees, she eventually shifted from land to sea. A life-long ocean lover, Debra is inspired to paint the light, movement and water of Pacific Ocean waves.    Debra’s art can be found in numerous resorts, casinos , galleries and private collections around the world. She’s been a featured artist at New York’s Art Expo and her paintings have been on many magazine covers.     A popular teacher at Sedona Art Center, she has also taught in in Taos, N.M., Idyllwild, CA. and California’s Central Coast.  Her various oil painting and creativity workshops have inspired many artists.Debra currently lives, paints and teaches in Southern California.