Color Theory Rocks

Color Theory Rocks offers a five-week, online, Practical Color Theory and Mixing Course built and taught by Lori Corbett, author of “Carving Award-Winning Songbirds”.  For many carvers, the most feared and frustrating aspect is color mixing. This course will give you the knowledge and confidence to make informed choices for mixing. It teaches the how and why of choosing certain colors, the various properties of pigments that make up our paints, and demonstrates how to mix colors using these properties to your advantage.

The course targets mainly beginning to intermediate level carvers, and will take you beyond seminar color mixing formulas. The idea for this course came from both teaching and attending seminars; there simply isn’t enough time to go into the specifics of why certain colors were used in mixes, due to the time constraints of seminars. I saw a niche, decided to fill it, and this course was born.

If you want to take your painting to the next level, and be a more confident painter, then this course is for you. 

Interested in learning more? Email Lori Corbett at lori.corbett@colortheory.rocks


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I took the January 2019 course. My only regret is that I didn't take it sooner. I have learned so much about colors and all the properties that intermingle and effect each other. I don't feel like the paint I used during this course was a "waste" I have wasted 100 times more paint with bad mixes trying to go off of someone else's "paint scheme". I have printed out EVERYTHING and created a binder, swatch book, index card reference and more. I love that I will have lifetime access to this course. I am ready to tackle the large painting job I have in our house as my husband still enjoys his carving but doesn't like to paint - SO, I'm the official "mudslayer" painting in our studio. Thanks to Lori for her warm personality and quick responses to questions or clarifying my mind. She was always quick to get back to me. I feel like I have known her for years. Also, I have read other books about color (some of which she recommends too) and could not get the concepts straight in my mind. With Lori she shows as well as explains each concept in clear, down to earth, very understandable manner. I will now continue to build my color mixing reference tools, and even read some of those books again, as I know the value of this information. I'm already referencing it almost daily.

I attended Lori's March 2017 class. I highly recommend this class for the folks who are confused about color theory even after having read the various books on the market. Lori's class brings the color theory into sharp focus and her mixing and painting exercises turn the theory into practical skills you can use on your own artistic projects. I found the weekly on-line calls very useful and informative which any lingering questions. This class is much more than color theory and mixing. It opens a whole new perspective on how to approach the artistic task of painting. In conclusion, if you have any concerns about your painting abilities, this is the class you MUST attend!!!

Thank you, Mike! It was a pleasure having you, and I'm thrilled to know you found the concepts and methods useful. Happy carving! 3

I was one of Lori's first students and as another already stated once a few of the computer glitches were cleared up it was smooth sailing. I thought Lori did a very good job of organizing and explaining the material and the scheduled on-line question and answer sessions were very valuable in clarifying areas that were a little fuzzy to me. This course is very instructive and helped me to put "color theory" to work in my carvings. As a side note, Lori references others in here instructional text and one in particular I found extremely beneficial was the book Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green, by Michael Wilcox. I would highly recommend using this book as a supplement to her class. It really explains the color bias wheel and the "soft" science of colors, pigments and how the interact and react to one another. Great Book!

Thank you so much, Ray! Especially for being one of the brave first ones, and enduring those software glitches! You're right, "Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green" is a fantastic start, and a great reminder resource.

I took the very first class. There were a few computer glitches, which have since been worked out. The content was great. I printed out the lessons and them and the exercises into a binder which I use to refresh my memory when I am having difficulty mixing the color I want. I learned so much that I didn't know about the different colors and how they react to each other. It was well worth the time investment! I am so glad that I took this class. Lori made the class both fun and informative!

Thank you, DeAnn! I'm glad that you copied out the materials for later reference. That's the main reason I made them available for download. Check back periodically for updates, and even new stuff that I find.

What I learned through Lori Corbetts Color Theory Rocks class has transformed my painting! I now know how colors work together and how to mix paints so that my birds and habitat have color harmony. I was hesitant to take an online class, however, Color Theory Rocks is the best carving-related class I have ever taken. The well-structured course includes five main lessons divided into video mini-lessons with written transcripts. Most include homework that puts the lesson into practice. During lessons I could easily see details rather than having to jockey with other students for a good view of demonstrations, could view mini-lessons as many times as desired, could progress at my own pace. Lots of practice through homework allowed what I was learning to sink in. Individualized feedback through video critiques of homework coupled with weekly all-class phone conversations resulted in more personal attention than I have ever received in an in-person class.

That makes me feel great that you overcame your hesitation, and gave the class a chance! -) I enjoyed our QA sessions you brought up some interesting topics, and great questions. It's a good feeling to know your confidence has grown!

I happily stumbled upon this course accidentally, and enrolled and participated in it last March. It was an extremely helpful and practically useful course to me....and I particularly appreciated Lori's very warm and quick responsiveness to my questions and difficulties. I recommend it unreservedly to anyone who desires to increase their knowledge and working familiarity and comfort with color theory and its application. In my view, it is absolutely worth the price of admission....and lots more!br /Lorne M. Ruby, MD

Thanks, Lorne! I hope you continue with your color Journey, and continue to check in. The course is very much a living thing, and new content and info will be added whenever I find something cool that will benefit all of us. 3


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