Munsell Color Theory | How to Mix Colors Not Mud

What is the Munsell Color Theory?

Albert Munsell (1858-1918) an artist, educator, and inventor, developed a numerical system for identifying color using its three properties of hue, value, and chroma.  His groundbreaking work helped to create a whole new way to communicate about color that both scientists and artists use to this day. In this workshop organized by Laurie Bebick, participants will explore the Munsell Color Theory. The focus of the workshop will be to have a better understanding of how to analyze color, thus improving color mixing skills.

Topics covered:

  • Background on Albert Munsell and the Munsell Color Theory
  • Exploring value
  • Exploring hue
  • Exploring chroma
  • Putting it all together with color mixing exercises

Schedule for the day: 

  • 10 AM – 11:15 AM – Background, exploring value and hue
  • 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM – Break
  • 11:45 AM – 1 PM – Exploring chroma and exercises

Participants need to bring:

  • Media and preferred colors of their choice
  • Paper or other surfaces for exercises
  • Brushes, containers, paper towels, etc.

Workshop cost – to be paid at the door: 

  • GNSI-NE members are free
  • Nonmembers cost $10.00.

We will be meeting at the visitor center. Please be aware that GPS may bring you to the opposite end of the sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary is available for a hike following the workshop if the weather is suitable and anyone wants to get out in nature for a bit of fresh air and nature observation.