Drawing and Painting: Controlling Colour

Ref: C3679731

Use colour more effectively. Make small pictures to help you understand and explore the effects of tone and colour using coloured pencils and acrylics or gouache. Enjoy the encouragement of a friendly and supportive group where the intention is to help each student produce increasingly confident and personal work. There are two online sessions each week: in the first session a topic is introduced and techniques may be demonstrated, students then work on it in their own time during the week and receive individual feedback and advice during the second session when there is also an opportunity to socialise via Zoom.

Course aim

Use colour more effectively. Practical work to help you understand colour and how it is affected by the properties of different materials.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • You will be asked to photograph your pictures and upload them to Canvas in order to receive individual feedback. Some time during the online sessions can be used to address basic tech problems if necessary.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate how to use a simple colour wheel to help with colour mixing
  • identify the component hues that make up a colour
  • mix primary colours and white in variable proportions to achieve a close colour match
  • apply different layers of transparent colours as an alternative to mixing
  • demonstrate awareness of the tonal value as well as the hue of a colour

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Coloured pencils (set of 10-12 colours) expect to spend £10-15 Acrylic paints: titanium white, Yellow: cadmium yellow pale/lemon yellow/process yellow Blue: cobalt/ultramarine/process cyan Red: crimson/magenta optional black/paynes grey/raw umber Smooth white paper A4 size

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Drawing and Painting: Controlling Colour


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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