Smashing Color

with Maggie Maggio

Color Education for the 21st Century

Smashing Color + Colour Literacy

For the past four years I have worked with the international Color Literacy Project team to develop up-to-date resources and materials for teachers to explore 21st century color with their students.

I am very excited to offer workshops this summer that include beta-tests exercises and activities from the Color Lit Project.

Color education is changing in schools around the world, and you can be a part of this transformation just as it’s gathering momentum!

Colour Literacy Project

Classes take place at the VIA Artistica Studio located at Taborspace in SE Portland, Oregon. The studio is located on the second floor and, unfortunately, is not ADA-accessible.

CREMA, the coffee shop at Taborspace, has a fabulous selection of pastries and drinks. Yum!


“Maggie’s classes have ALWAYS been so incredibly eye-opening, fascinating, paradigm-shifting, enlightening, mind-bending at times, and just plain FUN!

  • Carol Routh, glass bead artist


Color in Three Dimensions

Visualize color relationships by switching from a 2D color wheel to a 3D color model!  Smashing Color Workshops and Open Studios are based on years of teaching students to see and describe color attributes in a variety of color order systems.

Expanding from 2D to 3D takes your understanding of color to a whole new level.

Hands-On Interactive Exercises

The more you experiment, the more you learn. In addition to the Smashing Color projects and activities, workshops include beta-test exercises from the international Color Literacy Project curriculum.

Sharing your color exercises with fellow color explorers takes you further than you can go alone and makes learning fun!

Color and Light

With the increasing use of computers, LEDs and digital technologies, it's time to connect the light based and pigment based color systems into one integrated 21st century color system.

With some simple instruction and a bit of practice, it's easy to learn how to use color effectively in both digital and traditional media.

Guided Color Exploration

Maggie Maggio is a designer, artist and art educator who has studied and worked with color for over forty years.

Maggie’s personal explorations into the science of light and pigments led to the creation of workshops for artists and designers to incorporate the latest research in color science into their creative practice.

PPPIII classroom

Smashing Color Workshop in the Cotswolds

"I took Maggie’s very FIRST color class 30 years ago and have been learning more and more about color from her ever since.
Her work on color is brilliant, revolutionary and downright fun."

Judith Kuskin, Mixed Media Artist, Seattle, WA

That's Smashing Color!