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It's time to MASTER Colour Mixing
and transform your paintings!


The Colour Mixing Detective

Solve the mystery of your paints cnce and for all.

Toronto technical painting course

DEADLINE: Sun. Sept. 17, 2017 at midnight.

Violet Day.

Have you ever wondered if there's some secret to colour mixing that no one has told you?


When you mix a great colour does it feel accidental?

Have you ever mixed a colour and then had no idea how to recreate it?

Have you been frustrated by a previous colour "theory" course with zero practical value?

Have you taken painting courses and wondered at what point the teacher would finally explain how to mix colours properly? Only it never happened...


Yellow Day.


Are you constantly mixing MUD instead of the colours you want?

Are you washing paint and money down the drain?

Do your paintings look unsophisticated because you use paint straight out of the tube and boring obvious colours?

Do you go to the art supply store and have no idea which tubes to buy?

Are you intimidated by your paints or scared to experiment with new colours?

Are you stuck repeating the same colour palette on every painting?


If you answered yes to most of these. You're in the right place.

"I would say, if you want to really understand colour mixing and want a deep structure and understanding take the course."

- Alison Fleming


Blue Day.


Ok, let's figure this out
once and for all.

No more obvious, boring colours. Knowing how to mix beautiful sophisticated colours will take your paintings to a whole new level.

Learning colour mixing is like doing scales on a piano. It’s not the creative part like performing the song in a concert but it’s all part of the process of learning and practice. What most people do is avoid ever addressing this problem. They don’t want to do the work.

I want colour mixing to become effortless for you so you don’t have to waste any more time worrying about that stuff. It's time to end the frustration. This is a course you do once and then never have to think about how to mix your colours again. You'll gain a deep understanding and then be free to pursue the real work of finding your artistic vision.

Making art is about so much more than mixing colours.

Trust me on this. The problem isn’t you. It’s the way colour mixing is taught. Oh pardon me, I should say ISN’T taught. I can totally relate to your frustration. I had the same feelings when I was a student. I got around this by doing every colour mixing exercise in multiple books. Luckily for you I’ve created a course that doesn’t require you to spend this ridiculous amount of energy. Colour Mixing Boot Camp is the course I would love to have had as a student.This is a totally learnable skill.

There comes a point in your artistic practice where you have to just do the work that needs to be done. Consider this course as a chance to learn what you need so you can finally move forward in your work.

It's time to take yourself seriously as an artist.


"I have a much better idea now of how to mix the colours I want, I am less afraid to experiment with colour and I have a greater appreciation for neutrals and their value in making non-neutrals "pop" in a painting." - Catherine Turl



Green Day.


Here's How the Class Works

I created Art School Untangled to teach one of a kind courses that you can't find anywhere else. These courses get right to the heart of problems students face and focus intensely on a single issue.

For The Colour Mixing Detective each class has a different colour theme. I select a variety of art history images that are dominated by that colour. You then try to match all the colours in the painting as closely as possible. Assignment 1 is bright colours and assignment 2 is subtle and greyed colours. We'll keep detailed notes on exactly what's happening and why. Students have described this course as like CSI. Kind of like dissecting a painting and doing forensics!

Weekly Colour Themes:

Week 1: Blues
Week 2: Reds
Week 3: Yellows
Week 4: Oranges
Week 5: Greens
Week 6: Purples
Week 7: Earth Tones
Week 8: Coloured Greys

Learn from the great artists of art history. You'll start seeing how beautiful and sophisticated the colours are in famous paintings. These assignments are very doable and every student in the previous classes was able to do them. You'll be training your eyes to see a huge level of nuance. Students have described suddenly seeing colour everywhere they go differently. The whole point is to get you mixing colour combinations that you've never thought of.

When you are finished you'll create a beautiful scrap book with different colour mixing excercises and swatches paired with art history images that match the colour schemes. When I was a student I created the colour book and I've kept it for 14 years. I love looking at it!

The emphasis won't be on theories of colour but rather on how to actually mix pigments properly. 

Sometimes the results are surprising. Matching the colours in art history images can become quite captivating. Students get obsessed with the nuance of colours. You might find yourself walking around trying to decipher how to make that colour on the street.

Homework: I'd like you to complete the in-class excercises. If you have time there are also lots of colour charts that can be done. Doing them at home is the best option because you can go at your own pace. Seriously, get ready to mix a ton of colour charts! I will give you detailed lists of charts to do and you can complete as many as you can.

Let's be clear - this course requires discipline. 

You need to arrive with the right mindset. It is not about doing creative paintings and expressing yourself. This is about doing the hard stuff that most people never bother to do. You'll be taking your paintings to the next level. When it comes to the homework you have to be self-motivated and willing to push through. It's important to understand the big picture rather than fixating on how "boring" it is. For me it's kind of mindless work, it's not something to stress out over. If anything it's fascinating and even meditative.


"During the abstract painting class Gareth brought in his colour mixing book. It was and is very intriguing and beautiful. What got me excited was the process involved in creating a book like that. And the fact that I wanted to learn about colours & how to make colours." - Romana Huq


My studio at 401 Richmond St. West is the location for this course.


Art School Untangled


The Colour Mixing Detective

Solve the mystery of your paints once and for all!



Registration: OPEN!

Instructor: Gareth Bate

City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Class Location: My studio at 401 Richmond St. West, Studio S-17 in the Basement orange section. (At Richmond & Spadina.) See Google Map.

Number of students per class: 8 maximum

Saturday Morning Spots Remaining: 8

Duration: Eight Weeks

Important Note: You must be able to attend the first class. It's essential.

Your painting supplies are not included - see full list below.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sun. Sept. 17, 2017 at midnight.


DATES: TUESDAYS: 10 am - 1 pm

Week 1 - BLUES: Tues. Sept. 19, 2017 (You must attend this class)
Week 2 - REDS: Tues. Sept. 26, 2017
Week 3 - YELLOWS: Tues. Oct. 3, 2017
Week 4 - ORANGES: Tues. Oct. 10, 2017
Week 5 - GREENS: Tues. Oct. 17, 2017
No Class: Independent Catch Up Week: Tues. Oct. 24, 2017
Week 6 - PURPLES: Tues. Oct. 31, 2017
Week 7 - EARTH TONES: Tues. Nov. 7, 2017

Week 8 - COLOURED GRAYS: Tues. Nov. 14, 2017


DATES: Saturdays: 10 am - 1 pm

Week 1 - BLUES: Sat. Sept 23, 2017 (You must attend this class)
Week 2 - REDS: Sat. Sept 30, 2017
No Class Thanksgiving: Sat. Oct. 7, 2017
Week 3 - YELLOWS: Sat. Oct. 14, 2017
Week 4 - ORANGES: Sat. Oct. 21, 2017
No Class: Independent Catch Up Week: Sat. Oct. 28, 2017
Week 5 - GREENS: Sat. Nov. 4, 2017
Week 6 - PURPLES: Sat. Nov. 11, 2017
Week 7 - EARTH TONES: Sat. Nov. 18, 2017

Week 8 - COLOURED GRAYS: Sat. Sept 25, 2017


Important thing to know:

Special Offer:

Do you have a friend who has never taken any of my courses before? If you sign them up as well you can each split a $25 discount


Going away this summer and need to miss a class?

No problem, I got you covered!

I'm offering two FREE BONUS Sunday morning makeup classes - Dates coming soon.


Red Day.

Course FAQ

I did a previous Colour Theory course and it was boring and repetitive. If I have to do another colour wheel I'll scream. I still don't know how to mix colours. How will this be any different?

No colour wheels. Colour Mixing Bootcamp is completely different from regular colour theory courses. I don't care about theories at all. They're irrelevant for mixing actual pigments. This is the course I would have loved to take as a student. I created it based on what I think is essential to learn to understand colour mixing based on 17 years of painting experience. I'd say don't worry about that previous course. Consider it your intro to theories and this one as the practical side.


"The class was hands on, not theoretical colour theory. I did that course before somewhere else. Learned nothing in the other class - learned tons with you." - Mary Ann Grainger


I'm worried this might be too hard for me. Will I be able to do it?

I've now taught this class four times and 30 students of all levels were able to get it. The first two classes might be challenging at first but you'll get it for sure. It gets much easier and faster by the time you get to class three. By the last three classes most students are pretty casual about it.


I'm worried that this will be boring. How interesting can it be to make these charts?

I would honestly say that the majority of students have ended up obsessed with colours after a few weeks of the course. They start seeing colours everywhere and wondering how to mix them. Fixating on an art history image and really going into depth on how that historic artist made those colours can be captivating. It's intensive and focused work but very rewarding.


How does doing these charts help me to mix colours in my own paintings?

By studying the work of famous artists you'll see how sophisticated their colour is. You'll learn to be able to match the colours so that when the time comes with your own paintings you'll be able to recreate that colour you came up with. Before you had no idea. You'll learn the subtle variations that make all the difference in creating beautiful nuanced colours instead of obvious straight out of the tube colours. You'll also be exposed to colour palettes that are different from your own inclinations. This will help you to open up to using colours that might not feel natural to you but will enhance your range.


What does the homework involve?

You'll need to complete the in-class assignments and if you have time to do the optional colour charts.


I'm unsure about this course because of the cost of materials. Do we really need all these colours?

I totally understand the concern about the cost of materials. Trust me I have the same experience everytime I go to art supply store. I've taught this course for 2 years now and I've refined the course material list to the essentials. You won't regret buying any of these colours. They will be the foundation of your colour palette from this point forward. I've selected colours that allow you to mix nearly every colour you'll encounter. The problems most students have is previous teachers telling them that they only need a few colours to do their paintings. This is bad info and leads to a lot of frustration. That being said, you also don't need millions of colours. This list is the essentials in my opinion.


I need to miss the first class, can I still take the course?

Unfortunetly no. Missing the first class will make it impossible to follow. If you are able to make the first class on the other day that would work.


Can I pay by credit card?

Yes I can accept online credit card payments.


Red Day.

Materials FAQ

Can I leave things at your studio?

Yes, you can leave all your supplies and paper at my studio. However there is homework so you'll need your paints.


What brands of paint should I use?

Below I list brands and the full material requirements. I think you should always use artist quality paints from day one. One of the biggest issues students have with painting is using crappy student paints. By starting with professional paints you learn to paint once rather than having to learn twice when you end up switching. Good paint makes good paintings.


What medium should I use?

Acrylic: Most students work in acrylic as it's easy and dries fast. But if you plan to work in another medium for your paintings then use that medium.

Oil: It's fine to use oil as long as you regularly use oil for your paintings. You can't use solvents in the studio and they are not necessary.

Watercolour: It's fine to use watercolour as long as you're commited to it as your medium of choice. Keep in mind that watercolour is very challenging. If you're just looking for a medium to use then I'd go with acrylic. If you intend to use watercolour then I have a separate paint list for you. I also have separate images that are watercolours to work from. Be sure to let me know if you intend to work in watercolour.


Who is this not for?

If you're brand new to painting I reccomend that you don't take this course just yet. If you have some basic painting experience - like you've used paint and made a few paintings then this course is perfect for you. If you're looking to do creative and imaginative work you'd be much better off in my Outdoor Abstract City Drawing or Abstract Painting class at Central Tech.

If you've never handled paint this course probably isn't right for you yet. I'd say come back here after playing with paint and making a few paintings.



About Me

My name is Gareth Bate and I’m a full time artist, curator and art teacher living in Toronto. I work in painting, installation and photography. I have an email newsletter called "Art Untangled" where I talk about art every week. You can subscribe here. I've been asked if everything I do revolves around art and the answer is pretty much yes! I've travelled extensively and visited all the major museums in London, Paris, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Montreal and Cape Town. I'm Festival Curator of the World of Threads Festival an international festival of contemporary fibre and textile art in Oakville. I graduated with a BFA from OCAD University and a diploma from Central Tech's adult art program. I've been teaching since 2008. I’ve been featured on CBC News and Radio Canada and in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Now Magazine and La Presse among others.

Here are the courses I teach:
Art World Untangled: Museum Tours
Art History: The Masters: 1400-1850
Art History: The Moderns: 1850-1980
Abstract Painting
Outdoor Abstract City Drawing

Colour Mixing Boot Camp


Orange Day.

Essential Class Materials

Art Supplies are not included in the course fee.

    3 large pads of WHITE watercolour or mixed media paper. Get ones where you can easily turn the pages rather than a block.

    A variety of paint brushes in different shapes, sizes. Get a medium flat brush.

    Palette knife (at least one)



    4 or more water containers. (clean yogurt tubs or dollar store plastic glasses)

    1 medium to large flat palette of some sort. Don't buy a watercolour palette with different sections. Honestly the disposable sheet ones are great for this. There are palette's that use a sponge and can be sealed. These are great for keeping you acrylic paints wet. If you want to save money just get something in plastic like a tray.

    Latex or rubber gloves. It's a good idea not to get paint on your skin.

    A rag or cloth to wipe your brushes on.

    1 Scrapbook. You don't need this until later. So wait to buy this.

    Pen for taking notes.


    Paint Colours:

    It's crucial for all students to have EXACTLY ALL these specific colours in regular paint tubes ready for the first class. I'll send you a pdfs with the pigment codes for each brand of paint. Match the pigment code that appears on the tube. You'll need access to every one of these colours each week. It might seem like a lot of colours but after teaching this course three times I've found that this colour palette allows you to mix almost every colour that appears in art history images.


    At the art supply store they might say that such and such a colour is the same thing - don't listen to them. Get the exact pigment code even if it means going to another store.

    I recommend you purchase artist quality brands. I believe it's important to learn to paint with artist quality brands right from the start. You should ideally stick to the same brand. Above Ground Art Supplies will give you a student discount if you show them the invoice for this course.

    Hues: If the tube says "Cobalt Blue Hue" on it that means the colour is not the actual pigment. It's a cheaper alternative version. Try to find the actual one if possible.

    Artist Quality Acrylics: Golden, TriArt, Windsor & Newton, Liquitex.

    Artist Quality Oils: Gamblin, Grumbacher, Old Holland, Windsor & Newton.



    Ultramarine Blue Pigment: PB29

    Cerulean Blue or Cerulean Blue Chromium Pigment: PB36:1

    Cobalt Blue Pigment: PB 28

    Phthalo Blue (Green Shade): Pigment: PG 15:4 or 15:1

    Phthalo Blue (Red Shade): Pigment: PB 15:1



    Quinacridone Magenta Pigment: PV19

    Quinacridone Crimson Pigment: PR 206 / PR 202

    Cadmium Red Light Pigment: PR108

    Cadmium Red Dark Pigment: PR108



    Cadmium Yellow Light Pigment: PY35

    Cadmium Yellow Dark Pigment: PY35

    Hansa Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow Pigment: PY3



    Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) Pigment: PG7



    Titanium White Pigment: PW6

    Zinc White Pigment: PW4

    Titan Buff or Buff Titanium Pigment: PW 6:1



    Mars Black: Pigment: PNk11



    Burnt Sienna Pigment: PBr7

    Raw Sienna Pigment: PY43

    Yellow Ochre Pigment: PY43

    Raw Umber Pigment: PBr 7

    Burnt Umber Pigment: PBr 7

    Naples Yellow Hue Pigment: W6 / PY42 / PY83

    If you are planning to work in watercolour email me for a separate colour list.



So it’s time to make a decision.

You can continue to play with mud...

Or you can join us this spring and learn to mix your colours properly.



Register Now to

Reserve Your Spot!


Registration is OPEN.



Eight Week Course: $399

Class Material Fee: There is a $40 fee for the art history photocopies and in class supplies.



You can SAVE $50 off your course price if you sign up a friend who hasn't taken my courses in the past.



How to Pay

When you book I'll send you an invoice. You can then send me an online e-transfer or pay online via credit card. You could also pay by check or cash during the first class. Payment is reguired during the first class.



"I liked that you gave us honest feedback, helped us see where we had not matched colours correctly, indicated when YOU couldnt quite get the colour at first stab and mainly your supportive, warm style." - Alison Fleming


Here's how to register...

Send me an email:

Subject Line: Registration for Colour Mixing Boot Camp

What to include:

Full Name 

Your Email

Your Cell Phone (so I can communicate with you if necessary)

What class are you doing? Class 1: Thursday Evenings

What medium do you plan to work in? 

Payment Method: Online: e-transfer or credit card or In Person: cash or check on the first class.

Your Expectations: Anything in particular you're hoping to learn?

How did you hear about the course?


What happens next?

After you register I'll confirm in an email and then send you an invoice and full course info and pdfs of the art supply list. If you want to pay online you can send do so when you get the invoice accounting software.


Still Got Questions?

Send me an email:


I'm looking forward to seeing you!



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Violet Day