Fool Proof Color Schemes for Art and for Living Workshop: Third in Barton’s “Lunch and Lecture” Art Seminar Series

WILSON, N.C. — “Fool Proof Color Schemes for Art and for Living Workshop,” the third seminar in a new “Lunch and Lecture Series” hosted by the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with lunch included. Barton’s professor emeritus of art and artist-in-residence J. Chris Wilson will lead the seminar.

The “Lunch and Lecture” cost is $10 for Friends of Visual Art members and $20 for non-members. To join the Friends of Visual Arts, visit To make reservations for this event or to get additional information about receiving CEU credit, contact Bonnie LoSchiavo at 252‐399‐6477 or email: An RSVP is required by Friday, Feb. 8. On the day of the event, participants should check in at the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on campus.

“The successful understanding of color schemes, of color relationships, can enhance a person’s appreciation for the world around them,” Wilson explains. “Color is one of the most important art elements and an essential success factor in a work of art or in the environments we create for ourselves. For many people, the response to color and color relationships is based on an emotional or intuitive response rather than being based on successful color principles.”

“Fool Proof Color Schemes for Art and for Living” is a workshop to decode how the effective use of the color wheel as a planning tool will lead to a more successful use of color in all aspects of life as well as in making more successful art. In addition to the color wheel, understanding and using principles of color theory will enhance a person’s color vocabulary and color success.

Most successful color schemes can be broken down to something like a recipe and when followed will insure color success. More than six highly successful color schemes will be taught during the workshop and can be applied to many different situations and various colors.

The workshop will also compare and contrast a number of highly successful color schemes in paintings and in rooms with others that are not as successful. The outcome for the participants in the workshop will be gaining the tools necessary to create successful color schemes simply by following the guidelines presented.

Wilson, having served on the Barton College faculty for 38 years, was named professor emeritus of art in spring 2012. With a passion for bringing art into the community, he has been involved in symposia, community presentations, and publications on art, decorative arts, and historic preservation. Wilson has also served on the boards of the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council, the Arts Council of Wilson, the Board of Advisors for Preservation/NC. He currently serves on the board of the Blount Bridgers Museum/Hobson Pittman Memorial Foundation and the Board of Directors of Preservation/NC.

Most recently, he is working on a 100-painting series “From Murphy to Manteo—An Artist’s Scenic Journey” of which several works are currently on view at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia, where he also completed post-graduate work, with Lamar Dodd as his major professor. He has exhibited throughout the Southeast and all across North Carolina. Wilson’s art is represented in numerous public and private collections in the United States, especially in the Southeast, and in England, Japan and Saudi Arabia.


Questions?  Contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or