It’s Lori here. I’m working on this page trying to zhuzh it up a bit – if you have a website, you know what I mean, right? I’m updating and revising so if it looks a little basic at the moment, that’s why.
All the details are here about my course so I invite you to read how I can help you make color work for you and come back later to see how the zhuzhing goes! 🙂
eDesigner? This is the PERFECT color course for you.
It’s perfect for eDesigners because when you know how to use color systems and notations, you don’t have to be standing in your client’s house next to your client shuffling through paint chips and memos. I started my online color consulting business in 2004. I’ve been doing eColor Design for 15 years and developed special strategies to specify color online. In The Four Pillars of Color course, you’ll build the foundation you need to specify color, materials and finishes online.
Camp Chroma is where you learn how color works so you can get the professional color design results you want.
Because it’s only logical that the simple, straight forward color systems that are used to make color are the same systems we use for specifying color.
The perfect mix of hands-on exercises and active learning using real-life materials and paint colors.
Because our art AND science based curriculum is the framework for the hands-on exercises and active learning. Everything you learn is crucial for solving real-life color design challenges.
You take measurements for everything else in the design plan like window treatments and furniture so why aren’t you measuring color too?
Quantifying how we perceive color sounds like it would be complicated but it’s not. If you can read a clock, then you can read a color notation. This isn’t about color theory, doing math or knowing chemistry.
It’s about professional processes – a repeatable framework and proven system to specify color.
From The Art And Science Of Color To Its Practical Application
When you’re a Color Strategist, people expect you to know more about color than the average hobbyist artist, designer, or consultant. In this course you build the foundational knowledge you need but I take it a step further and show you how these concepts have practical application in your business. Camp Chroma is different from what every other color training program has ever had to offer. You’re here because you want MORE.
You want REAL color knowledge vs. shuffling paint chips and staring at them waiting, hoping for something, anything to jump out and help you define the color you see.
You want to learn more than how to follow scripts and templates for color design.
I know you’re looking for someone to teach you the science of how color works and you’ve come to the right place. I will systematically teach you the fundamentals of classic color systems and color science in easy to follow, step-by-step lessons. You will learn practical methods to fine-tune how you make color decisions. My goal is to give you the knowledge you need to innovate independently. Convenience matters. Camp Chroma is an online, on demand color training program for color lovers like you.
Transcripts, Video Lessons
Hands-on Exercises Using
Benjamin Moore Colors
No Expiration Dates
PRACTICAL methods to fine-tune color specification!”
Camp Chroma is a wonderful tool that rounded out my existing color knowledge. Coming from a fine art background, and currently a color consultant, my previous color education had been color theory, color psychology, physiology of human color perception, and years of experience in the field working with paint colors.
Camp Chroma added a new element that clarifies the properties that make up a color, and taught me practical methods to really fine-tune the specification process. It has also given me a language – based on measurable elements of color – to use with my clients (many of whom are engineers, scientists, and accountants). They really appreciate that over my previous “artsy” lingo!
The video lessons are clearly presented and easy to use, and aside from being experienced and knowledgeable, Lori is a very encouraging cheerleader who is always accessible for a question or comment. I’m a proud and happy camper!
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MINI KOLORMONDO 3-D COLOR SPACE HANDS-ON EXERCISE
The Four Pillars of Color, Color Strategist Training Course is comprised of 12 compact and comprehensive modules. Start using the results from your training immediately. I’ve invested tens of thousands of hours into learning and testing theories about how color really works. But you don’t have to because I’ve distilled my 20 years of color expertise down into these 12 modules for you.
The course is self-paced, online, on demand, and never expires. Work at your own pace when and where it’s convenient. The only thing scheduled will be…
Three benefits to office hours:
- Book to fit your schedule – daytime, evenings, and weekends.
- Cut down on back and forth emails.
- Anonymity. Some people are just more comfortable asking questions one-one-one.
You will also get access to the Camp Chroma Facebook Group where you can ask questions and talk about color any time.
Best course and best Instructor I’ve had in my 27 years in business.
Interior Designer / Color Consultant
The modules consist of videos, transcripts, downloadable PDFs, quizzes, and a range of exercises using the Course Kit and the Color Muse. Some modules have more than one video and are longer than others.
Here are all the exciting details about the course curriculum.
The reason why Camp Chroma is so extraordinary is because you will learn how color really works. I am holding nothing back.
For example, take a look at this Colorography for Sherwin-Williams’ Agreeable Gray. It illustrates hue family, value, chroma, and Light Reflectance Value, The Four Pillars of Color, which are the focus of this course.
These details about Agreeable Gray come from
professional color measurements.
Think of it as color DNA or a color’s fingerprint.
It’s objective and very different from
subjectively trying to
decipher paint color formulas
or guessing about undertones.
HERE’S AN EXAMPLE
In this video I show you
how to find an ideal ceiling color
to go with Agreeable Gray…
using color data values
is a MUCH better approach than
playing the tweaking paint color formula game.
You Get This Cool Badge Too!”
Stars indicate level of achievement.
The Color Training You Must Have in Order to Monetize Your Passion for Color”
Let’s Talk About You
Who are you? Architect, Architectural Color Consultant, Color Enthusiast, Interior Designer or Decorator, Home Stager, Painter, Paint Store Pro, Contractor?
The strategies and tactics I’ve developed are simple, accurate, and most importantly easy to master. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, this is the ultimate color training.
I promise you, no prior experience with color is necessary. In fact, the less you know the better because that means you won’t have to unlearn any bad habits you may have picked up along the way.
If you’ve always thought there must be an easier way to get the color design results you want, you’re right, there is.
Evidence-Based Approach to Color
Categorizing color by hue family is the cornerstone of what we do in Camp Chroma. Color conundrums become instantly manageable if you understand that every color belongs to a hue family. Every single color, every near neutral like white and gray, belongs to a hue family.
Camp Chroma stands out from the crowd because the principles of classic color order systems, like Munsell, and the science of color measurement called colorimetry are its foundation.
Munsell is my favorite color order system because it’s streamlined and powerful. In fact,
“Munsell is often considered, because of extensive documentations (some 3,000,000 colour judgments by 40 observers), as the standard against which other colour order systems can be compared.” Source – Colour Measurement: Principles, Advances and Industrial Applications, Edited by M. L. Gulrajani
And then there’s the brilliance of colorimetry. Colorimetry is the science and technology used to quantify and describe physically how humans experience color. When you understand how to apply this science to color specification for the built environment, you’ll understand how magical it truly is. It’s actually addictive. It’s my passion and it’s far too magical to keep to myself.
This is about the art AND science of color
Here’s the thing about color measurements. That data doesn’t interpret itself. It requires a creative human linchpin.
You are that creative human linchpin! You are about to break out from the array of color consultants who all speak to color the same way. Establishing yourself as the go-to Color Strategist in your market is easy when you’re the only one with a fresh approach to color that’s backed by science.
Color notations define and describe the important parts of color which are hue, value, chroma, and LRV. But those notations don’t tell you what to *DO* with a color. A trained Color Strategist is needed to bring the colorimetric data together, analyze it, and then create a color design plan that is aesthetically pleasing.
Imagine how it’s going to feel to walk into that paint store or design center and know exactly what you’re doing. You will no longer be at the mercy of the staff behind the counter. No more trying to decipher colorant codes. No more throwing good money after bad on paint samples and custom tweaking formulas.
Color notations provide an incredibly useful framework for the naturally creative OR untrained eye; they bring organization, efficiency, and strategy to otherwise hyper-subjective, inconsistent, and chaotic methods for choosing color.
As a design professional, I was truly impressed with the color training I received from Lori Sawaya of Camp Chroma. This was my third training on color.
Finally, a color training program that uses the scientific method of explaining how color works based on an established color system that skips all the subjective talk about undertones that leaves everyone feeling confused. Color is complex and this training finally explains color data so you can make informed decisions based on the science, rather than on subjective opinion or color sense.
Lori is also a great and generous teacher who provides continuing support through her Facebook group page and ongoing group calls. I am confident now that I can bring a whole new level of expertise to help my client’s select great colors for their homes thanks to this training! Highly recommended!
Mary Ann Benoit
Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
I have been hanging out at Camp Chroma this summer and discovered what everyone out there is calling an undertone is really an overtone. And it is measurable, not subjective. My eyes have been opened!
Terri Lind Davis
Be Color Confident!
Imagine feeling so confident in your color know-how that you could talk about color with anyone, any time, any place. No need to memorize some silly script or fear a client will go off topic and ask color questions you haven’t rehearsed. At Camp Chroma you will learn key fundamentals of colorimetry so you can craft a rock-solid Color Point of View that’s prepared to tackle any color conundrum.
Be Color Tool Tech Savvy!
Imagine understanding how color apps and modern color tools work and using that know-how to streamline your color process. For example, have you ever wanted to create a portable palette of paint chips and tried to match fabrics or an existing wall color to a fandeck? Clumsy and not very accurate, right? At Camp Chroma, I show you a better way to work – you don’t have to just ‘eyeball’ it!
Speak Color Fluently!
Imagine having the vocabulary to clearly articulate your color vision to your architect, your clients, your painter, your builder or contractor, your significant other. You might know the right color as soon as you see it, but sometimes you have to explain to others WHY it’s the right color. At Camp Chroma, I teach you how to use spectral data to demonstrate why your color decisions are correct.
Turn Passion Into Expertise!
Imagine doing this for YOURSELF. It’s your time to finally satisfy your curiosity and do something you’ve always wanted to do – learn how color works. You can join other campers to talk color on our private Facebook page. Best of all, Camp Chroma courses are conveniently delivered to your inbox. You complete them at your own pace. No travel hassle or expenses.
Real Color Science in Digestible Bites:
I’ve been very fortunate to have had two extraordinary color mentors with very different points of view. The first, way back in the 1980’s, was Joanne C. Day of the Day Studio-Workshop in San Francisco, a school for decorative painters. From Joanne, I learned basic design and color theory and how to mix paint and glazes using Benjamin Moore paints, Cal-Tints, Japan paints and chemicals to create extraordinary finishes using a wide variety of materials, tools, and techniques.
But there remained huge gaps in my knowledge of color that I kept trying unsuccessfully to fill, until one day I found Lori Sawaya and the Land of Color. I read everything. More than once. But it didn’t all come together until Lori created Camp Chroma and I was able to systematically learn the basics of real color science in digestible bites and apply that knowledge to my work.
Lori has a gift for teaching and a no-fault, encouraging approach. She explains things clearly and is patient and good-humored. It does take a little work for everything to click, but when it does, the feeling of confidence you have in your color recommendations is well worth the effort to acquire it.
I highly recommend Lori Sawaya and Camp Chroma Online Color Training and look forward to continuing my studies as future modules become available.
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Video Lessons | Transcripts | PDFs
By the end of this program you will have mastery
of the following:
Seven Practical Applications
Accurately Identify a Color’s Hue Family within Seconds
Fearlessly Use Hue Family to Create Color Schemes – Including Whites and Near Neutrals – Special Bonus “The Color of White” Module.
Proficiently Manage the Effects of Light on Color – Strategies for Color Shift – Special PDF Bonus Included
Skillfully Combine Different Colors of White
Creatively Make Unfortunate Color Choices Less Noticeable
Expertly Fine Tune Color – Use The Four Pillars of Color to Find the Colors You Want – FAST
Confidently Conduct Virtual Color Consultations
Know how to read these?
The Color Strategist Color Wheel is as clear and easy to use as a clock, thermometer or a compass!
You will use this AMAZING color tool to identify a color’s hue family and overtones within seconds!
. . .without ever touching a paint chip!
The Color Strategist Color Wheel
The World’s SMARTEST color tool and everyone should learn how to use it!
Based on Internationally Recognized Standards and Color Systems
I am very pleased I took the Camp Chroma course. Lori explains color in a logical way and does not give up until you understand it. I look forward to the next class.
Old House Guy, LLC
As a pianist teaches students the art/science of music, Lori teaches her students the art/science of color. As an experienced color strategist, her lessons, handouts and exercises are invaluable. I’ve learned so much from this course and cannot wait for the next one! Thanks so much, Lori. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job. I’ve really learned a great deal and am most grateful.
I had an opportunity to use *Color DNA to specify a color before I had even finished the course!
Generally, I only specify color if I’m standing in the actual space and can see how the color will behave. However, if a color just needs tweaking (and sure enough, the client had already tried darkening the paint formula only to find that it went flat), this course shows you how to use color notations to choose lighter/darker/more chromatic options for a client to test right away. A valuable tool in a color designer’s toolbox!
Ellen Divers, Interior Designer
*Color DNA references color data values and notations like hue, value and chroma
Hello! I’m Lori Sawaya.
My super power is I have an immense capacity for digesting complex concepts and theories and transforming them into clear and actionable ideas and strategies. I excel in sorting out chaos and identifying key threads that need to be pulled in order to unravel complicated problems. Reweaving those threads in to simply beautiful and beautifully simple solutions is my happy place.
The perfect 50% creative and 50% scientific job for my super power didn’t exist. So, I created it. I am a Color Strategist. What that means is my color design process is science based and I know how to use special color measurements (think of it as color DNA) to help homeowners and property managers choose the perfect colors. Whether it’s paint or other finishes, interior or exterior, I guide my clients to the right colors for their project.
Many are shocked to learn that you can measure color; that we can quantify how we see and experience color.
So, let me tell you where the substance for my color trainings comes from.
I began my career in color more than 25 years ago as a graphic designer. I managed to talk myself into a job for which I was not totally qualified. Not many people were because it was the early 90’s and full color printers had just been released to the mass market – no one knew what this new era of color had in store. What I did know for sure was the art department where I worked was getting new systems and color printers and I wanted in.
Immediately I was obsessed with the color management aspects of my job. I was lucky because the training was best-in-class and equipment state-of-the-art. I quickly learned how color really works and got to put my hard-earned color expertise into practice every day. After more than a decade in that job, I decided it was time to try something new. Inspiration came while Al, my husband, and I were building our first house.
Architectural Color Design and Specification was my new gig.
Color Education Course Creator
It was 2004 and immediately upon my entry to the architectural coatings and color design world, I noticed the industry was devoid of color experts.
It wasn’t like the graphic design industry where there is an abundance of qualified color gurus who are highly skilled and knowledgeable about the art AND science of color.
As the years went by and nothing improved on the color education and color consultant certification front, my path in color grew more clear. I realized that I couldn’t wait for someone else to revolutionize how color consultants specify color to include color science; I needed to do it myself.
So, in 2016 I launched my first color training course platform, Camp Chroma.
In 2017, I again launched a new course called The Four Pillars of Color.
How Camp Chroma is Different – 100% Focus on Color
The true point of differentiation for Camp Chroma is that my job has always put color first. Color knowledge and expertise has always been #1.
I wasn’t an interior decorator first. I wasn’t a fine arts major first. I was a faux finisher first. I wasn’t a color trend forecaster first. I wasn’t in sales and marketing first. I wasn’t a home stager first.
…and THEN decided to create a color course as an afterthought.
Color and understanding how it works has always been first for me.
And that is a big factor in what makes my color program the best and remarkably different from all the other color courses you have to choose from.
What Makes Camp Chroma Special – Immersive Deep Dives into Color
If you’re serious about color, then you’re in the right place. You have found your color tribe.
Because when it comes to how color really works, I take color seriously too.
And it’s reflected in the quality of my curriculum and the best-in-class sources and references I used to create it.
I get that color should be fun, creative, free – there should be a sense of abandon and whimsy and playfulness in your creative zone.
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of trainers out there who want to help you further develop your creativity and improve upon decorating skills. Not to mention all the business coaches and mentors promising to show you how to streamline your processes and make more money.
However, I am the only one who can take your technical understanding of color from designer to expert, average to extraordinary.
Camp Chroma is the ONLY color training resource of its kind.
I’ve had my fair share of fun with color:
• Certified Architectural Color Consultant
• Recognized Authority on Color Order Systems
• Noted Expert on LRV (Light Reflectance Value)
• App Designer of LRV Guru™
• Inventor of SwatchRight™ Paint-Peel-and-Stick color sample decal
• Author of “Color Secrets Unlocked” Series
• Color Designer of the “Color Legends” palette including Haint Blue
• VP and Website Chair for the IACC-NA 2011-2013
One final note…
The course is online and on demand. Work at your own pace.
Once you register with your shipping address, we have everything we need to ship your kit.
I encourage you to take advantage of my office hours and the Facebook Group to stay connected.
I look forward to seeing you on the other side in Camp Chroma!
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FINAL BIT OF BUSINESS – LEGAL DISCLAIMER
What I know for sure is anybody can learn how color really works.
Because I am a Color Expert, I’m able to break color down
into manageable steps and
make the “fancy” color terms easy
or everyone to understand.
Here’s the disclaimer part:
No promises or guarantees are express or intended.
The results you get are entirely dependent on your
personal commitment and efforts to
complete the online color training course(s), your experience,
resources, and other factors.
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