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Workshop: Complementary Skin Tones

  • Red Door Studios 1427 West 9th Street, Suite #302 Kansas City, MO 64101 USA (map)

This workshop is all about mixing beautiful skin tones using complementary color combinations. Lots of color theory will be discussed so that you understand how strong colors interact with one another, and will be able to predict and control the result. Lacey will share her favorite combinations and where and why she uses them, in addition to encouraging experimentation.

After lunch, the class will work from a live model to complete small color studies, directly putting theory learned into practice. Lacey will demonstrate and guide students individually through the process.

Fee is $125/student

Materials List


Please buy artist quality paints, not student grade. Winsor & Newton is an affordable quality brand. I will mention the brand names I use, though you are not required to purchase the same brand.


Titanium white
Cadmium yellow light
Cadmium orange (Gamblin)
Cadmium red light (Rembrandt)
Cadmium red deep (Rembrandt)
Quinacridone rose
French ultramarine blue (W&N)
King’s blue (Vasari)
Phthalocyanine turquoise (W&N)
Cadmium green
Cinnabar green
Ivory black


The above is my standard full palette, with some additional colors added from time to time depending on the subject. If you feel it will be difficult for you to acquire all of the above paints, please contact me for an abridged version.



Please bring a couple small canvases or gessobords, between 5”x7” and 8” x 10”.  I want to keep the studies small in order to focus on skin tones and form rather than drawing. Feel free to tone them a light brown or light gray if you like, but again this is not required. Please, though, make sure that your surface is not so smooth that it’s shiny or slippery, as the paint will have difficulty adhering.



For small quick studies, I recommend synthetic brushes that are smooth to the touch, but pert.

Flat palette
Paper towels
Palette cup
Easel (optional… easels are available at the studio)
Lunch or $ for pizza

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