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Color Conversations from Memory and Reference with Alexis Joseph

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Thursday, August 18, 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST

Color is everywhere and the way we perceive it is is unique to ourselves. This session aims to bring to the surface the way we talk to ourselves about the paint colors we see. We’ll use abstract artworks as reference and together make a color map of the composition with our own color notes on it for us to use as a guide to paint from.

This session is inspired by an exercise Alexis developed a few years ago, on a trip to Amsterdam. In the Abstract Expressionist room she noticed herself naming all the pigment colors she recognized and found herself really wanting to paint them. Knowing this is definitely not allowed in a museum setting she took out her sketchbook and drew herself a kind of paint by numbers map outlining the composition and color fields. Later that night, back at her Airbnb, she recreated the painting using her sketch and her memory of the colors in the source painting. Not only was it a valid exercise of studying color and composition from the masters but it also began an interesting dialogue about ways we talk about and name colors for ourselves which can help illuminate how we notice and differentiate hues and tints and shades and how to color match them from memory!

Join zoom 15 minutes early (4:45pm) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 5:05pm PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • Pencil or a Pen and Sketch Paper (any will do! this is just for note-taking purposes)

  • Watercolors 

  • Round Watercolor Brush size 4, 6 or 8 (any brand works)

  • Multiple Pieces of Watercolor Paper (we love 140lb, cold press watercolor paper)

  • Cup of water!

  • Piece of paper towel or a cotton rag


Alexis Joseph founded Case for Making in 2014 as a space to explore all aspects of the creative practice. She's so excited to be able to teach monthly workshops to be able to connect with our wonderful community!


All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the session.

*Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Email if you would like to request a spot. Free spots are first come, first serve.

**If you’d like to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open up the spot! We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the session.

***Links to sessions will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the session; please check out using the email to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the session, please check your spam folder first and email