Develop Your Own Color Palette

Live from Philadelphia, United States

Ever been swept away by the yellow eccentricity of a Wes Anderson film or marvelled at the dreamy blue hues of a Monet painting, and wondered what your own distinct color palette would consist of?

VAWAA artist and figurative painter Clarissa has 20 years of experience as a scenic artist in film and television. On Saturday January 8th at 1PM EST, she'll be joining us to look at color as language, and be a guide as we develop our own. 

We'll lay the foundations with some basic color theory, and learn how to mix colors. Clarissa will then take us through an image slideshow along with some guided imagery exercises to explore how color affects our mood, feelings, associations... as well as how color can be a sensory experience. Using this knowledge, we'll use our choice of paints and develop our own color palette. 

This comprehensive and fun session will help you find how best to use color as your own language.

All levels are welcome. There will be plenty of time to share, get feedback and meet other participants from around the world.

If you are not in EST time zone, be sure to convert the time.

What you'll need

  • Paint of any type - blue, red, yellow, white, black, green, purple, orange
  • Paper, or canvas board to paint on
  • Small brushes
  • Notebook for note taking

How to join

We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We'll send link and details to join via email 1 day and again 1 hour before it begins.

About Clarissa

Clarissa is a synesthete and a figurative painter. Her training and education is in the academic tradition of working with the figure, as well in the decorative arts. She studied in private studios around New York, then the New York Academy of Art, The Art Students League of New York and then completed her degree at Penn and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest art school in the country.

Her work appears in both private and public collections. You may have seen Clarissa’swork before without even realizing it. She spent almost two decades as a scenic artist with over 40 credits in film and television, including creating Lee Krasner paintings in the film Pollock. Over the years, she created sets varying from burned out buildings togilded ballrooms, reproductions of master paintings for films to original artwork for film characters.

Visit her artist page to learn more about her in-person VAWAA.


"This is the kind of learning experience you never want to end. Clarissa is a knowledgable, experienced and inspiring teacher. You can't help but have fun while you're learning. I highly recommend her classes!" - Joyce

"Fascinating subject presented by a delightful and knowledgeable artist who clearly loves her subject." - Jennifer

"Thoroughly enjoyed. With Clarissa it is easy to stay present as one would not want to miss a word as she has much to share and does so in an easy, experienced, manner as she is passionate about her topic. Classes are readily accessible for all audiences to understand. Insightful. I applied my learnings to a self portrait I was working on. This is a class I would enjoy every week for a long while and an immersion would be great.  HIGH MARKS!" - Lisa

"Clarissa is an excellent storyteller. I learned so much and really enjoyed the process." - Autumn

"Clarissa has a great way to deliver the material that highlights different context." - Fransisca

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