Do you want to take what you know about color and more thoroughly apply it to your own painting practice?

Would you like to be able to translate your color knowledge and understanding into practical applications in your own work?
Helen Dannelly

Join Helen Dannelly for this 5-week color application workshop

Course Features:

  • Five 120-minute sessions.
  • Pre-recorded demos with time for comments and questions.
  • Exercises and assignments tailored to students’ needs.
  • Presentations & discussions exploring color theory and practice for inspiration.
  • View examples of artists using the techniques we discuss.
  • 3 months of access to the recordings of the live sessions.

During five live 90-minute sessions,

Helen discusses and demonstrates:

  • color relativity and proportion
  • ways to utilize color harmony or dissonance in your work
  • employment of muted hues and chromatic grays to make your more prismatic hues stand out
  • psychological effect of color relationships
  • color and the illusion of transparency and depth

Join this course if you:

  • Have taken color theory or have some color theory knowledge
  • Want to take further what you already know and integrate specific color strategies into your artistic practice
  • Want additional guidance in synchronizing color
  • Want to take theoretical information and fully comprehend it intuitively
  • Want to expand your painting practice with new found color knowledge
Helen Dannelly

Since my first color theory course as an undergraduate art student over 30 years ago, I've had a deep appreciation for the difference color theory can make with your painting practice. I find that artists often hit a roadblock with their work, get stymied by color and just don’t know how to resolve it. It's exciting to see the lightbulb go off as artists do the color mixing exercises and realize all the subtleties they can achieve with various palettes. I love watching them dive in and create beyond what they thought was possible, to be surprised by how much further they can push their work. Once they understand how to achieve harmonious color palettes and combine color to achieve the look they are after, their painting practice just blossoms.

~Helen Dannelly

How will this course help my practice?


  • Fully master the fundamentals of color through specific color strategies so you can walk into the studio with an approach in mind
  • Discern subtle color interactions and contrasting mood to employ in your compositions.
  • Further practice manipulating hue, saturation and value to convey emotion and intent.
  • Hone your ability to make subtle color distinctions.
  • Apply a new level of complexity and sophistication to your work.

Helen Dannelly


Q: What kind of experience do I need?

A: Some basic color theory knowledge is helpful. This is a great follow-up class to Demystifying Color offered through Catalyst Art Lab or other color theory courses.

Q: Who is this class for?

A: Any artist working with color can benefit from this course. We will be using paint in exercises exploring color harmony, color schemes and strategies, and more.

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

A: You can email Helen at [email protected]


What students are saying about Demystifying Color:

"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. ~