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The next phase of the Color Theory Workshop Series focused heavily on re-emphasizing how to practice safe paint room protocol and determining where on the value scale a color lives. (Remember: a value is how light or dark a color is.) As a final project, the team of painters was asked to apply all of these lessons and produce a mural on our wall in the shop.

To familiarize themselves with our paint products, as well as learn to see the science behind the colors as expertly as Jason can, the class assigned a stepped value scale for every hue of paint we stock in our shop. You can see Jason lining off one of these value scale charts in the first image.

By the end of the workshop, every painter was able to look at a randomly selected color and determine approximately how many steps away on a darkness/lightness scale it was from the baseline hue. This skill of visualizing color is key in understanding not only how to properly mix colors, but also how to properly blend paint on a wall so that transitioning between colors appears natural. When colors within an image are properly blended, the eye shouldn’t be able to detect the exactly point where the color changed value. (Stick around for more workshop posts to see how important achieving a good blend is to producing a pro-level paint job.)

Once they had mixed their own paint for this demo project, each of the painters was assigned a section of the wall that featured a variety of lettering and line work. (Typographical work is typically one of earliest techniques that our painters master on the wall.) As they painted, Jason observed their work, offering advice throughout the process, and upon completion, the team participated in a peer review. 

We’re proud of our guys for stepping up our educational challenge and really demonstrating to us how much they learned over the course of the workshop. Onward and upward, dudes.