Instructor: Brent Watkinson
Difficulty: Beginner
Length: 5 weeks (5 classes, 15+ hours of class)
Delivery: Live, online, and fully-interactive
Class size: 5-12 students

Color is a critical element in visual storytelling. Correct use of color can spark interest, build emotion, direct the eye, and express universal concepts and feelings in your work. The effective application of color can elevate the quality of your picture-making skills and articulate complex ideas to your audience.

This course explores the ins-and-outs of color theory, equipping students with a robust comprehension of the subject. Through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on assignments, this course provides students with the necessary tools and techniques to interpret color and apply it to their work.


⚡ Hue
⚡ Value
⚡ Contrast
⚡ Temperature
⚡ Chromatic tones
⚡ Neutrals

⚡ Saturation
⚡ Color Science
⚡ Symbolism
⚡ Perspective
⚡ Mood
⚡ Tools and application

⬇️ Mentor: Brent Watkinson


Brent Watkinson received his BA at Missouri Southern State College in 1982. Brent was represented nationally in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and New York City, and was an illustrator in private practice for twenty-three years.

In 1992, he was invited to become a member of the NASA Arts Program, and has since completed two paintings for NASA's permanent collection. A few of Brent's clients include: American Express, Contadina Products, Cook's Illustrated Magazine, Geffen Records, NASA, Putnam Publishers, Science Magazine, Sony Music, U.S. Pentagon, William Morrow Publishing, Time/Warner, The Franklin Mint, Doubleday/Bantaam Books, and Random House. His work has been in the Society of Illustrators New York, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and Communication Arts. His digital work was featured in an article in Step-by-Step Electronic Design Magazine.

Brent has been a part-time instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, and full time faculty and co-director at The Illustration Academy. Brent also produces the podcast, EveryDay Artist.

⬇️ Structure

⚡ Lectures
⚡ Demonstrations
⚡ Assignments
⚡ Critiques
⚡ Access to private message board
⚡ Access to “Study Hall”, a weekly supplemental class for added guidance and questions


Class 1: Color Principles

Class 2: Color & Mood

Class 3: Values

Class 4: Color Interaction

Class 5: Practical Applications