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Oil Painting Workshop: Three Colors & White

August 10 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm

Date: Saturday, August 10th
 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 George Scribner
Location: Room 208
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
 Beginning – Intermediate
Sliding Scale:
$80 / $120 / $160 

About the class

Join painter and Disney Imagineer George Scribner as he guides you through this simple step-by-step approach to painting using three colors (red, yellow, blue) and white. Learn the advantages of a limited palette, how to choose a center of interest, and the power of values (lights and darks). The painting process will be divided into three steps: Drawing, Value, Color, in that order of importance. If you ever have troubles in color, it’s usually a value problem and the easiest to fix. By using a limited palette of three colors, you’ll learn more about color from mixing them and your painting will harmonize since all the colors are being mixed from just the three primaries. There’s a great expression that “value does the work and color gets the credit” and it’s true! The goal of the class is not to do a finished painting, but a series of small exercises, and once we’re done, scrape and reuse the canvas.

Please view the Supply List to learn what to bring to class.

Note: There will be a one-hour lunch break. Bring a bag lunch or plan to grab a bite at a nearby location.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when registering or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

George Scribner

Instructor / Artist

I was born and raised in Panama City, Republic of Panama and in 1977 moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in animation. I joined Walt Disney Feature Animation as a character animator in 1983.
I directed Oliver and Company, a full length animated feature that was released in 1988. I worked as a concept and story artist on numerous projects including The Lion King, Fantasia Continued and Dinosaur. I’m currently a contractor at Walt Disney Imagineering as a concept artist
and Animation Director.

For the last fifteen years I’ve been teaching painting workshops at numerous studios in the States and overseas, including Workshops in the Republic of Panama, Trinidad, Uruguay and Shanghai. I also teach ongoing painting workshops at Walt Disney Imagineering in Los Angeles.

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