Intro to Color Mixing and Color Theory

Give the gift of art! Make a minimum $75 tax-deductible donation to the South Carolina Watermedia Society and enjoy a watercolor workshop with artist and SCWS signature member Constance Manley at City Art Gallery in Columbia, South Carolina on March 16, 2024 from 9 AM – 3 PM.

About the Workshop:

This class focuses on the fundamentals of color theory, along with basic brushwork, and rules of composition. It is ideal for the beginning and budding artist in your life! Through a series of engaging mixing exercises, students will develop skills to guide them towards more successful paintings. Bring a reference photo that lends itself to a limited pallet painting. Using their own reference photo, this workshop will allow artists to work closely with Constance, moving through color exploration at their own pace. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy.



About the Artist:

Constance “Connie” Manley grew up in a in a creative environment in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Her mother did fashion illustration and painted, and her father played the piano and was a good photographer. As a teen, Connie studied watercolor with Alice Welsh Jenkins, and explored photography, which she pursued until her mother passed away. She then began painting “to make my mother proud.”

She graduated from the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, in 1987 with a BFA in Illustration, and quickly became a part of the advertising community. She worked in graphic design for various Philadelphia area advertising agencies until 2009, when she followed her heart to Columbia, SC and married. Since finding advertising work challenging, she resumed painting. Connie says watercolor has always been special to her because of its “unpredictable nature.”

During this time Connie painted when she could, and worked at large scale music festivals across the US, Europe, and South America as part of the security management team. That way, she was able to make a living while honing her painting skills. When time allows, she teaches introductory watercolor classes at the Columbia Museum of Art. She also gives private lessons. Connie is a signature member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society. Connie loves animals and she and her husband have fostered many puppies over the past few years. She also enjoys gardening and cooking.  Visit her Facebook page at

Suggested Supply List:

#8 or 10 watercolor brush
#12 or 14 watercolor brush
Water container
Drawing pencil (preferably HB) & erasure
Sketch book (if you use one; plain drawing paper provided for sketching)
1 -2 22″x30″ sheets of 140#  Arches Cold Pressed Paper (or watercolor paper of your choice)
Watercolor pallet or large white plastic dinner plate
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Phthalo Green
Quinacridone Gold
New Gamboge
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red
Paper Towels
Any additional colors you have or that lend themselves to image(s) you plan to work from