~ Are you overwhelmed by all the possibilities of color mixing?

~ Learn how to explore color within a limited palette!

~ Continue to apply what you've learned with color in practical painting studies.

Through demos, guided exercises and assignments, we will explore the use of a limited palette of earth primaries to create a wide variety of harmonious hues, values, and saturation. Take what you have learned and use your new found knowledge to synthesize your color understanding into your work.

Master your use of color!

Helen Dannelly

Join Helen Dannelly for this 5-week color application workshop.

This course will meet virtually via Zoom on Wednesdays, June 28 - July 26 from 3:00 - 4:30pm (CST)

"Color theory knowledge and exercises are essential for any painter to achieve the results they desire. There is so much more to color than one initially learns. The potential is incredible! You realize how you can combine different colors together to create subtlety and harmony or dissonance. Students get excited when they realize how how much more they can achieve with small shifts of hue, value, and saturation."

~Helen Dannelly

Concepts covered in this course:

  • Using limited primary triads to easily create unified, harmonious palettes in your own compositions
  • Discussion of the three attributes of color.
  • Discussion of the three levels of saturation
  • Creating your own compositions to implement concepts from the exercises and lessons

Helen Dannelly
Helen Dannelly


Helen Dannelly draws on over 30 years of professional experience in helping you realize your artistic goals. Helen’s teaching is informed by a unique combination of training that she utilizes in guiding you conceptually and technically. She studied painting at San Francisco State University (working with Bay Area photorealists) and sculpture at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 

She is a co-Founder of Catalyst Art Lab (CAL) and teaches painting, sculpture and in-depth color theory classes through CAL as well as around the world. She will be offering a workshop retreat in southwest France in October called "Palettes of the French Landscape" as well as "Color Demystified" at PaintSpace NOLA in late October 2023. See: www.HelenDannelly.com

Helen is curator at Forshey Gallery in downtown Chicago.

Read more about Helen here.

This course is closed for enrollment.


What students are saying about color-theory courses with Helen Dannelly:

"This course is fabulous and I am learning so much - which is usually the case when something is a challenge. So glad I’m taking it. Highly recommend it."

~ Lacy J. ~

"Just want to say how much I’m enjoying Implementing Color. You are an excellent teacher and the curriculum you’re sharing is helping me to grow by leaps and bounds."

~ Jan. M.

"I took Demystifying Color and it was fabulous. I signed up to take Implementing Color as well. Helen is an excellent teacher."

~ Mikey B. ~

"I agree with Mikey! I learned so much in Helen’s Demystifying Color course. I look forward to participating in her Implementing Color workshop! Helen is definitely an excellent instructor!"

~ Ingrid A. ~

"Thanks for the help and encouragement.  You are right in saying that I will never forget the concepts of this lesson! I love how academic these classes have been. Right up there with college classes."

~ Pam H. ~

"This is a great class! You are answering questions I never knew how to ask. You are such a generous teacher."

~ Suzanne D.~

I’ve loved the class, have been surprised and humbled by how much I didn’t know and how much there is to know about color. You are a dynamic teacher and the experience makes me want to take more Catalyst classes in the future." 

~ Karen N.F. ~

"Helen Dannelly’s color classes were exactly what I needed at just the right time in my development. They were a springboard for me to create more complex and nuanced artwork."

~Heather D.~


Q: What kind of experience do I need?

A: Some basic color theory knowledge is helpful, but we will review the basics thoroughly so we are all starting from a similar understanding.

Q: Who is this class for?

A: Any artist working with encaustic can benefit from this class.

Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: You can email Helen at [email protected]