Study for "Memento Mori" by visiting faculty Krista SCHOENING, oil on canvas 2009
"Memento Mori" by visiting faculty Krista SCHOENING, oil on canvas 2009
Study for "Memento Mori" by visiting faculty Krista SCHOENING, pencil on paper, 2009
"Cookware" by visiting faculty Krista SCHOENING, oil on canvas, 2011
"Fruitbasket (for Caravaggio)" – detail – by visiting faculty Krista SCHOENING, oil on canvas, 2014
"Fruitbasket (for Caravaggio)" by visiting faculty Krista SCHOENING, oil on canvas, 2014
Study "Fruitbasket (for Caravaggio)" by visiting faculty Krista SCHOENING, pencil on paper, 2014
"Portrait of Raven" and other studies, by visiting faculty Krista SCHOENING, oil on canvas, 2010-2012

“Beauty: it’s the satisfaction of vision.”

“La beauté, c’est la satisfaction de la vision.” – Pierre BONNARD


LOCATION: 2022 SUMMER in PARIS – PERCEPTUAL COLOR will convene at our Paris Program Studio in Montmartre.

Please see our Facilities page for complete details on our studio facilities.
CLASS DATES: 10 July – 29 July 2022
CLASS SCHEDULE: Painting from life 22 to 25 hrs/week (daily schedule to be announced) for 3 weeks total. 

Instruction will includes lecture-demonstration at the easel, daily one-on-one critique, slide lecture and/or museum tour (TBA).
CLASS SIZE: 8 maximum + instructor(s)
WHO is ELIGIBLE? Entry by application only. Anyone may apply – There are no academic or other pre-requisites.

All Perceptual Color students must enroll full-time, for the entire 3 weeks.

TUITION PRICE: TBA, for one 3-week term. (Cost of Paris housing is not included.)

HOW to APPLY: Admissions for 2022 SUMMER in PARIS – PERCEPTUAL COLOR will open in February 2021.

Please review the ADMISSIONS page for general information about the application process.




Perceptual Color is a special 3-week oil painting program for art students and artists.

Students will profit from critique and lectures by visiting instructor Krista Schoening, introducing and demonstrating essential concepts and skills of perceptual color in oils — painting the human figure from observation in a still-life/interior environment.

22 to 25 hours of painting from the live figure per week, including painting demonstrations and individual critique at the easel. Another 3 hrs per week of other instruction, including slide lectures and/or guided museum visit.

Class slide lectures and/or museum tour will explore Antique, Medieval, Renaissance, modern and contemporary color theory in painting, as well as the decorative arts, and will include a survey of theories about color perception from the 18th century to the present day.

In addition, students will receive site-specific handouts for independent research in the city, written by the instructor. Handouts will offer art historical guidance and painterly insights on various sites and museums (Sainte-Chapelle, Gobelins, Musee du Louvre, L’Orangerie, etc,) to be visited by students during their free time.


Krista SCHOENING  – Visiting Faculty
Tutor in Painting and Drawing

Krista M. Schoening (b. 1980) is a painter, draftsman and printmaker. She excels in still-life painting, portraiture, and intaglio printmaking (etching, engraving, drypoint, etc).

Ms. Schoening has exhibited in both commercial and public galleries, including the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA; the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA; the Grand Rapids Art Museum; and, internationally, at the 2011 Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, in London.

In 2015, her monumental flower painting Karma Dahlia II was voted into the top 25 2-D works at ArtPrize, one of the most highly attended art exhibitions in the world.

Schoening is represented by Haynes Galleries, with locations in Maine and Tennessee. Her work has been mentioned in the Detroit Free Press, The Seattle Times, the Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic, and was featured in the recently published Art of Vanitas by Rodney O’dell Davis. Her work is in private collections in the United States and Europe.

She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She has taught drawing and color theory at the University of Washington, where she was awarded the Parnassus Award for Teaching with Excellence. She received a Top Scholar Fellowship from the University of Washington in the Autumn of 2015, and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in art history, with a focus on Renaissance and Baroque Italian painting.

Ms. Schoening additionally studied painting and drawing at Studio Escalier (Argenton-Chateau and Paris) and at the Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, NM, where she worked as a studio and administrative assistant to Anthony Ryder (2008-2010). At Studio Escalier, Schoening is a former work-study scholar (2007), Waterway Fellowship winner (2009), studio manager (2010) and now visiting faculty.

She received her BA magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame (2002) in anthropology and Spanish. She pursued post-graduate studies in anthropology at Cornell University, before taking up painting as a career.