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POP-UP: Color Theory, Meaning & Magic


Join local artist Ellen Julia Brown for an afternoon of watercolor play, exploring the intersections of color theory & self discovery.

Watercolor Color Theory


Color Theory, Meaning & Magic

In this 2-hour workshop, we will begin with a basic overview of color theory, using watercolors to explore concepts such as the color wheel, complementary and analogous colors, color temperature, tints and tones, and creating harmonious color schemes.

Having established a technical, scientific understanding of color, we will then explore color through a more subjective lens, looking at its energetic and mood-affecting properties. Working intuitively with color play and short journal prompts, we will come to identify our own personal color palettes and what they have to teach us about ourselves. We’ll talk about color symbolism, cultural associations, the chakras, auras, synesthesia, color psychology, and using color to create magic and meaning in our lives.

This workshop is great for absolute beginners and seasoned artists alike. You’ll leave with a series of watercolor paintings, including color theory charts and playful abstract compositions.

All materials are provided. Workshop price includes a watercolor paint set, a paintbrush, and a mixing palette for each student to take home.



Price: $60
$40 + $20 Materials

Level: Absolute Beginner
No prior experience necessary whatsoever.


  • Basic watercolor techniques

  • Overview of color theory

  • Mixing your own colors

  • Creating harmonious palettes

  • Understanding color symbolism & meaning, as well as the psychological & emotional affects of color

  • How to use color in your art and life in more mindful, purposeful ways


Materials Provided

  • Watercolor paint sets

  • Paint brushes

  • Color mixing trays

  • Water color paper

  • Color Theory, Meaning & Magic workbook

  • Tea, seltzer & colorful snacks

Optional Materials

  • If you have your own watercolor paints that you’d prefer to work with, you’re welcome to bring those along

Meet The Teacher


Ellen Julia Brown

Ellen is a visual artist, writer, workshop teacher, and part of Klum House’s creative collaborative. Working in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, cyanotype, and surface pattern design, Ellen is endlessly inspired by the colors, patterns, and textures of the natural world. She believes in the power of the creative process to heal and deepen our relationships with ourselves, our communities, and the earth itself. She is currently working on an oracle deck and guidebook exploring the magical, energetic properties of color. See more of her work here.

What To Expect

Klum House Workshop

The Hub Building
3808 N Williams Ave. #132
Portland, Oregon 97203

We are located inside the Hub Building hallway corridor (we do not have a sidewalk storefront). Enter through the Hub building door on N Williams with the Klum House sign above it. Walk down the hall & take a left. You'll see the Klum House sign hanging above our door.

*Please note: We have street parking, so please arrive a few minutes early to allow ample time to park.

Questions? Send us a note!


Review our cancellation & rebook policy:

  • We require at least 7 days notice prior to the start of class to cancel for a full refund.

  • We require at least 48 hours notice prior to the start of class to rebook for a later class.

  • Full payment for class is due at time of sign up in order to secure your spot in class.

  • No shows forfeit any refund or rebook.

  • If Klum House cancels a class that you registered for, you are entitled to either a cash refund or a rebook to a later class.

  • If you transfer your registration to another class with a higher price, you are subject to pay the difference.