Color Theory Course
Based on the Munsell Color System

Instructor:                                                         Date:
Graydon Parrish                                                Nov. 8-11, 2019 (4 days)                           

Location:                                                          Times:
The MAW Gallery Atelier                                   9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1214 W. 6th St., Suite 202                                 One-hour break for lunch
Austin, Texas                                                     (on your own)

Cost:                                                                 Class size is limited.

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Course Description:

This four-day intensive will expand on Part 1 of the Munsell Color course. Using Munsell, students will learn how to approach the lights, halftones and shadows on simple forms leading to more and more complex objects. By the end of the class, students will understand the relationship between value and chroma and observe hue shifts when high chroma is a factor. In addition, students will study the world of low chroma, a challenging place where generic color names give little indication on how to mix and paint. 


  • Explore how to apply the Munsell system to real-life painting to improve color rendering and paint handling. 
  • Improve comprehension of how colors on objects change in the lights, halftones and shadows. 
  • Learn how to handle the subtle shifts in color on neutral objects as well as bold colors. 

This class is offered to students who have completed Part 1 of the Munsell Color Theory course or an equivalent with Graydon Parrish.



Instructor Bio:
Graydon Parrish is a classically trained fine artist practicing in Austin, Texas and New York City. He received his MFA in painting from New York Academy and went on to earn an additional BA summa cum laude from Amherst College. Parrish also completed private studies with Michael Aviano and Gerald Ackerman. With Dr. Ackerman, he co-authored the reprint and catalogue raisonée by Charles Bargue and Jean Leon Gérôme that is now widely used by drawing students and art historians. Parrish’s work is featured in museums across the United States and in private collections worldwide.