Better Color through Observation with Meadow Gist


Registration Opens Sept 24th, 2020 at 8am PT

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.



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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class.

Date : Oct 9, 2020 – Dec 18, 2020

Videos Uploaded: 12pm on Friday

Level : All Levels Welcome

This course will focus on the development of an intuitive color sense. We will explore the nature of color, color harmonies and perceptions, and the physical properties of the various oil paints and manufacturers. Fun exercises include block studies, still lifes, and eventually the live portrait model. Learn to allow color to work for you. Break away from ridged color mixing and open your eyes to a new way of seeing color!

Video Archives will be available livestream students until Jan 2nd.


  • Painting Grounds (Preferred Brand: Fredrix)
    • 9”x12” to 16”x20” (Please stay within these size perimeters.)
    • Canvas: Fredrix prestretched canvas: red or green label
    • Panels: Fredrix archieval canvas panels
  • Brushes (Preferred Brands: Robert Simmons Signet Bristles and Langnickel Sables)
    • An assortment of rounds, filberts and flats in sable and bristle.
    • Below is an assortment of recommended sizes in bristles and sables.
    • (Note: It is not necessary to have all of these sizes but a good idea to work towards getting them.)
    • Bristles (Robert Simmons):
    • Filberts 2, 4, 6, 8
    • Flats 2, 4, 6, 8
    • Rounds 0, 1, 2, 4, 6
    • Sables (Langnickel if possible, other brands are fine as well):
    • Filberts 2, 4, 6, 8
    • Flats 2, 4, 6, 8
    • Rounds 0, 1, 2, 4, 6
    • Brights 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
  • Cleaning
    • Gamsol Oderless Mineral Spirits by Gamblin
    • Solvent container
    • Masters Brush Soap
  • Palette:
    • Wood or plastic
    • Note: Freezer paper is another option.
  • Paints (Preferred Brand: Gamblin, Da Vinci)
    • Paints minimum:
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Alizarin Crimson Permanent
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium
    • Titanium White
    • Paints optional
      • Yellow Ochre
      • Azo Green
      • Ivory Black
      • Transparent Maroon
      • Transparent Red Oxide
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Roll of paper towels
    • Plastic grocery bag for trash

Meadow Gist

Meadow Gist has studied and taught at Watts Atelier for the past 15 years. She began her art career in the corporate field painting displays and murals for a major retail chain. Her work has been exhibited as a finalist in the International Artist Magazine’s Still Lifes and Florals Competition 2006 and as a “Top 50” selection at Salon International 2007. Meadow is represented by Willow Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. You can find more information on Meadow’s work at

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit