Colour Workshop for Artists

Ref: C2341147

A range of colour and tonal exercises will precede making a painting/collage in which recent learning is practised. The aim is to develop a greater sensitivity to the many aspects of colour, which in turn enables you to paint with colour balance and subtlety. You may use oils, acrylics or watercolour. Returning learners will be challenged with more ambitious exercises, so this course is suitable for relative beginners and intermediate level. Practical work will include the colour wheel and its significance for artists, exercises in complimentary colours, exercises in colour tone and intensity, how to apply learning when painting a landscape or still life and symbolism of colour.

Course aim

The aim is to develop a deeper understanding of how colour works, in order to enhance colour balance and resonance in your future painting.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Some experience in painting is advisable, since this course is not for absolute beginners.

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

  • match colour intensity and tone to create maximum relational resonance
  • know how to mix a wide range of tertiary colours from complementary colours
  • be able to use appropriate colour mixing techniques
  • recognise some of the symbolic associations with specific colours
  • use this learning about colour in creating a collage or painting

How will I be taught?

  • Learning through doing – undertaking a wide variety of colour exercises. Occasional brief demonstration of a technique. PowerPoints of modern artists who are famous colourists will supplement practical work.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 1:1 tuition optional presentation of work in progress to the group suggestions of supportive artists’ work to research which relate to the art you are making comparing earlier and later work to track progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Paints (watercolours, acrylics or oils) sketchpad with heavyweight paper palette, brushes if using oils - low odour solvent, linseed oil, turps. coloured thin card for use in collage scissors and PVA glue

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
  • Looking at the work of, for example, Matisse and Derain would be useful. Becoming familiar with basic colour theory would also be good background reading/research.

What can I do next?

  • Progression may be sought via Foundation at Loughborough University School of Art and Design, or through the Richard Attenborough Centre in Leicester University. Another WEA course or other provider.

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Colour Workshop for Artists

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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