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The Spirit of Art: Color

June 17 @ 9:00 am - June 19 @ 5:00 pm


The Spirit of Art: Color 

Mary Zicafoose

Friday, June 17th- Sunday, June 19th

9:00 am – 5:00pm

Workshop Overview

This intensive color study workshop is an opportunity to deepen your understanding and intuitive use of color through a selection of 14 progressive self-paced studies, based on the lifelong observations and teachings of the famed Bauhaus artist & colorist Josef Albers.

Albers has been credited with revolutionizing contemporary artists assessment of color. He simplified the rigid scientific concepts of color and stressed the importance of learning to depend upon one’s own sense of sight. His discoveries culminated in his classic treatise on color, The Interaction of Color, published in1963, while he was teaching at Yale. Albers was obsessed with understanding the peculiarities of color, referring to it as a relative sensation, which he illustrated in thousands of paintings, serigraphs and color studies based on the square, created over a lifetime. His take-away message was that no color stands purely alone uninfluenced by its surroundings, the appearance of a color at any given time and location is conditioned by many, many factors.

Each participant in this workshop will create a personal color reference journal using striking and visually opulent Color-aid coated papers in 314 swatches, which include 24 hues, dark shades, light shades, and 17 grays.

Color work requires focus, attention to detail, and reflection.  It is important that attendees approach the building of exercises with precision. Color differentiations will be seen and understood more clearly if individuals are prepared to work thoughtfully and with care.

This workshop is an inspiring & unusual opportunity to refine your color skills specifically as they apply to your art and your personal point of view. An important part of the class experience is the collective sharing of the discoveries revealed by the studies. Color exercises that specifically relate to fibers and handweaving will also be included.

 Need some inspiration? Check out a mini-tour of Mary’s brand new home studio in Nebraska.

Skills + Techniques

Students will learn:

  • Heightened observational skills
  • Understanding of color definitions & semantics
  • Self-satisfaction in creating a beautiful color notebook
  • Ability to identify powerful & subtle color combinations in your work
  • Opportunity to totally immerse oneself in the inspirational frequency of color
  • Opportunity to refine paper cutting skills with an x-acto knife
  • Opportunity to get up close & personal with a glue stick
  • Opportunity to be a total & unabashed colorist for a few days


Mary Zicafoose

Tools + Materials

Students should bring:

  • Sharp pencil or mechanical pencil
  • Small sharp scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Small self-healing cutting mat
  • Glue stick
  • Small metal ruler
  • 5” x 8” unlined notebook or sketchbook-or approx. small size

Material Fee:

  • $55.00 paid at time of workshop


  • Please read our COVID-19 Policy prior to registering
  • We are honoring each instructor’s specific COVID-19 safety requests. For this workshop, your instructor requires all students to be vaccinated and wear masks indoors. Your instructor also reserves the right to require additional safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Housing + Meals

Housing and meals will be available on-site in 2022. Please see our Housing page for options.

$350.00 / per student

This Class


7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

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(603) 435-7314


June 17 @ 9:00 am
June 19 @ 5:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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