Smashing Color Workshops

A Smashing Color class gives you the chance to see, use, and understand color in a whole new way. After thirty years as an artist and teacher of color, my hands-on approach is more about guiding color explorations than teaching color theory.  I enjoy the challenge of distilling the complexity of color into “useful bits of information” for artists working in all media.

Half Day Intro Classes offered at VIA Artistica Teaching Studio in Portland, Oregon.
See the VIA Artistica Calendar for details.

Level One – Building a Strong Foundation
Level Two – Color and Contrast
Level Three – Learning from Nature

Polymer Workshops: The ColorWash Technique

Maggie discovered her signature ColorWash technique (aka the Watercolor technique) over twenty years ago while playing with applique beads. All ColorWash workshops include Smashing Color principles as part of the class.

ColorWash 1
Torn Collage Pendants: Intro to ColorWashing

Intro to Colorwashing MosaicThe ColorWash technique brings out the richness of color in polymer by washing thin sheets over a white base.  Learn the basics of color washing by making pendants using a simple variation of the technique inspired by torn paper collage.

Note: This workshop is appropriate for all levels of polymer artists including beginners.
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ColorWash 2
Cut Collage Brooches: The Nature of Mark Making

Making-A-Mark-Brooches--Version-2This two-day workshop combines the basics of the ColorWash technique with an intro to the nature of mark making.

Note: This workshops is appropriate for experienced polymer artists.

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MaggieMaggioFAF8Millefiore Magic: Exploring Color Choices

Choosing the right colors for your canes is critical since their relationship changes as the cane is reduced. Can you predict how your colors will shift? 

Learn how to see color in a whole new light as you focus on value contrast – the magic key to making your designs work at a small scale.

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Outside the Portland area: Contact me if you are interested in hosting a class for your guild or artist group.

Students: Please let me know ahead of time if you have any health issues – for example, hearing/sight impairments or a physical disability that requires the use of a motorized pasta machine – so that arrangements can be made to best accommodate your needs during the workshop.


Additional Resources

Videos: Making Color Scales and Color Collages

Tutorial:  Watercolor Technique for Polymer 

Archived: Smashing Color Theory Blog Posts

Archived: Color Inspirations Saturday School Blog Posts

PDF Handouts