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``The Emotional Power of Color``, Watercolor with Evelyn Dunphy

Class Information

The class is live and interactive on ZOOM

Dates: June 23 & 24 from 9am-12:30pm Pacific time 

Level:High Beginners to Intermediate

Participants: Max 20

Medium: Watercolor

Price: $198 for 7 hours. If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only. Book the class and email us to let us know you won’t attend.

Nothing influences the mood, emotion and story of our paintings more than the psychological impact of different colors. Every color has deep symbolic meanings in various cultures. It’s a fascinating study to explore how you may orchestrate your painting by your thoughtful use of the colors in it.

The painting  of children to the left is inherently “happy”. The warm yellows and sienna tones with touches of pink and blue, and especially the bright pattern of white shapes tell us it’s a joyful day at the beach. It’s a “high key” painting.

The mood is distinctly different in the version to the right. The dark blues create a sense of “coldness” and even the girl in white can’t quite overcome the unwelcoming feeling. The composition contributes to the lack of connectedness between the colors and lighting on the figures.

In the workshop, we will do a small painting of the “happy” version of the beach scene and we will explore other combinations that demonstrate the power of red vs. blue and how we may create other different moods and atmospheres.

Class Format

  • A host from the VIEW Academy will facilitate the meeting, admitting you if you connect late, helping you with technical problems, etc…
  • The V.I.E.W. workshop is live, interactive and hands-on
  • Evelyn will demonstrate step by step,  breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session
  • You will be able to ask questions directly to Evelyn
  • You will be able to show your work to Evelyn to get personal feedback and critique
  • You will enjoy interactivity with fellow participants
  • You can keep the recordings of the class forever.

What you will learn in this Class

  1. To arrange shapes within a scene to design a strong composition and support the story
  2. To plan a palette of colors that evoke the mood of the scene.
  3. To maintain a variety of edges for creating aerial perspective within the painting.
  4. To paint controlled graded washes to create light and shadow on the chairs.
  5. To put down flowing washes of various warm and cool greens in the field.
  6. To paint the wet in wet apple blossoms arching over the scene, and the gardens, apple trees and foliage in the background.

Biography-Evelyn Dunphy

Evelyn Dunphy’s work has been exhibited in juried exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada and the UK, including the Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Art Exhibit, London, UK, American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club , New York, National Arts Club, New York, Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors, “Portraits, Interior And Exterior”, Arts Club of Washington, DC and toured with the International Guild of Realism’s Masterworks Museum Tour.

Two of Dunphy’s paintings were included among artists from 83 countries in the “World Watercolour Competition” sponsored by The Art of Watercolour magazine published in France. Her work was a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine annual competition out of 6800 entries and has been included in several “SPLASH” publications and “Pratique des Arts”.

Dunphy is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, member of the International Guild of Realism, and American Society of Marine Artists.

Evelyn Dunphy has taught many workshops nationally and internationally. Dunphy is a sought-after watercolor instructor whose workshops always sell out fast.

We are sure you will enjoy and appreciate Evelyn’s unique ability to convey her easy to understand instruction and genuine sincerity in assisting students like yourself in reaching your goals as a watercolor artist.

Check Evelyn Dunphy’s website at

Samples of Evelyn Dunphy's Art

Testimonials from our VIEWers

“Evelyn, you are an extraordinary teacher — gifted with an ability to provide clear instruction, generous with your time and praise, clearly passionate about sharing your hard-earned expertise, and, even better, driven to ensure your students succeed. I’ve learned more from the workshops I’ve attended with you than I have in the collocation of books I’ve acquired over the past year or so and all the videos I’ve watched online combined. Finding a teacher like you is akin to discovering gold.” 

Anne-Marie F.

“This was an excellent workshop: Evelyn Dunphy is such a calm, organized, & effective instructor. I greatly appreciated how she managed to keep everyone moving forward, yet allowed people to work at their own pace. In particular I appreciated & benefited from her frequent individualized feedback & critique during the sessions”.

Rosemary T.

“This workshop encouraged and enabled a huge step in my painting in terms of subject, attention to detail, palette, planning, and patience.  The format allowed a lot of teacher-student time because everyone got a front-row seat to everyone else’s questions and consultations with Evelyn.  Technically, the computer contacts were really well managed.  Practically seamless!  Thank you.”

Lew I.

The Price of US $ 198 for 7 hours includes:

  • Documents to help prepare for the class
  • Personal feedback during the class and in between sessions via email or phone with Evelyn
  • The recording of all sessions for you to keep forever
  • The access to our VIEW Facebook page so you can share and communciate with the VIEW Academy community of artists and teachers.
  • If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only (same price).
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