Exploring Colour and Paint

Ref: C3528907

Come and explore the vibrant world of colour and paint. With reference to the work of artists we will be learning about the basic principles of colour in a practical way. A range of colour contrasts will be explored (such as contrast of hue, warm/cool, complementary, light/dark, saturation) and used as starting points for developing abstract and figurative paintings. You will be guided through a series of simple colour-mixing exercises and experiments with acrylic painting techniques, providing you with tools to unlock the magic of colour and understand how colour behaves so that you can apply your discoveries to your own work with greater confidence.

Additional information about this course

No class on 14/2/18 Students will be asked to make a small contribution towards the cost of materials.

Course aim

This course will help you to understand the basic principles of colour and paint so that they can be applied with more confidence and skill to your own artwork.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Read the colour wheel, characterising warm, cool and complementary colours
  • Understand the meaning of terms such as value, hue, and saturation
  • Mix colour combinations such as prismatic colours, chromatic greys, muted colours, analogous colours and monochrome, and apply them to your work
  • Experiment with acrylic paint showing an increased understanding of its properties

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring with you a file which will store your work. A ring-binder with loose plastic wallets is recommended.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Work could help you in preparing a portfolio for an Art Foundation course.

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Exploring Colour and Paint

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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