The first step in Smashing Color is to replace the traditional 2D color wheel with modern 3D color models.

In Smashing Color workshops and open studios the complexity of color theory is broken down - SMASHED! - into useful bits of information for artists, designers and teachers working in all media.

Featuring hands-on activities, all the workshops and open studios are focused on learning how to see, describe, and use color to the greatest effect in all aspects of your life.

Workshops and open studios take place at the VIA Artistica Studio located at Taborspace in SE Portland, Oregon.
We are located on the second floor and unfortunately, are not ADA-accessible.

All materials provided. Just come and explore color!

Note: Full scholarships for summer workshops are available for Portland Public School teachers.

Intro to Smashing Color 
3D Color for Everyone

Explore foundational color concepts across multiple disciplines using a variety of 3D color models.
Half day workshops $80 (Includes all materials.)
Fourth Fridays: June 28, July 26, and Aug 23
9:30 to 1:30

Smashing Color Theory
Exploring and Expanding Traditional Color Theory
Update traditional art and design color theory for use in the 21st Century.
Includes 'Intro to Smashing Color'
Two Full Days $320  (Includes all materials.)

Friday-Saturday: July 19-20  and August 2-3

Smashing Color Week
Immersion in 21st Century Color

Merge instinct and knowledge to empower your expressive use of color.
Includes 'Smashing Color Theory' plus  Colour Literacy exercises, and color coaching.
Five Full Days $750 (Includes all materials.)

Monday-Friday: September 2-6.
9:30 - 5:30 

All materials provided. Just come and play with color!

Smashing Color Collage
Wednesday Mornings
June 12-August 28

All levels. Ages 12+.
9:30 - Noon
Create custom color schemes step-by-step.
Drop In $20 or $50 for 4 sessions.

Smashing Color Mixing
Thursday Mornings
June 13-August 29 (no open studio on July 4th)
All levels. Ages 12+.
9:30- Noon
Make handy mixing guides in the medium of your choice.
Drop In $20 or $50 for 4 sessions.

That's Stunning! That's Smashing!

"After forty years of experience working with color as an architectural designer, studio artist, color explorer and art educator, I am thrilled to put it all together into classes that help you rethink everything you thought you knew about color!"

Come learn to see color in a whole new light!  Become a Color Explorer!