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UCLA Extension Presents “The Language of Color” with Betty Merken – A Winter 2015 Weekend Workshop

This Winter 2015 quarter, Betty Merken will be leading a unique weekend workshop that offers students an exciting new perspective to understanding color design:

The Language of Color

January 24 – 25 | 10am-4pm | 253301

It is said that the human brain can perceive seven-million different colors. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, this fun and fact-filled hands-on workshop can help you to fill your life with exciting color while learning to use color as a professional. Using water-based gouache paint and guided by proven color theory systems developed by the instructor, participants learn the “keys” to creating custom colors, how to select and use colors to maximize their effects, and how to create successful color palettes and harmonies. The instructor also discusses how color affects human behavior, mood, and context, as well as effective and responsible color design for residences, the workplace, restaurants, schools, and medical centers.

Enrollment limited. Students will be sent a materials list upon registration for the class and the cost of materials will be approximately $95.


Merken, BettyBetty Merken is a painter, print-maker, and architectural colorist. Her work is exhibited internationally and is represented in several museum collections, including the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Museum of Fine Art San Francisco, and the Portland, OR Art Museum.

Betty teaches workshops and seminars nationally on the use of color at UCLA Extension, the University of Oregon, the Seattle Art Museum, and by invitation to architecture and design firms. Betty’s work is represented in Los Angeles by Fresh Paint Art Advisors. To learn more about Betty and to view her artwork, please visit www.bettymerkenstudios.com.

Arc_ID Instructor Honored with BAU Institute Residency


UCLA Extension Arc_ID instructor, Betty Merken (pictured above), has been selected as a Summer 2010 Residency Fellow at the BAU Institute.

The mission of the BAU Institute is to support and enhance creativity in arts and architecture while providing an international forum for cultural exchange related to building, arts, and urbanism. Through the residency program creative professionals are provided uninterrupted time for work, reflection, research and interaction in the culturally rich, beautiful seaside city of Otrano, Italy.

Ms. Merken is an artist and architectural Colorist that has taught for the interior design program since 1996. She will be teaching The Language of Color (V4484) Winter Quarter 2010. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, this fun and practical hands-on workshop can help fill your life with exciting colors. Using water-based gouache paint and guided by proven color theory systems, one can learn the “keys” to mixing color as well as how to select and use colors to maximize their effects, create palettes and aesthetic harmony. Participants also explore how colors affect human behavior, mood, and context. This two-day workshop (1 unit) will be on Saturday and Sunday, March 6th and 7th.