Colourists Painting Course

Ref: C3744227

‘ Colourist painting is characterised by the use of intense colour, which becomes the dominant feature of the resultant work of art, more important than its other qualities. This tendency in painting was foreshadowed by French Impressionism in the late 19th century, and came to prominence in the work of the Fauvists in the early 20th century. It has since surfaced in a variety of individual styles and art movements, outside France as well, the most prominent being the Scottish Colourists, the Polish Colourists (a.k.a. Kapists), or the American abstract Color Field painters. Pierre Bonnard, among others, was a colorist painter.’ Wikipedia. We will be looking at the work of The Colourists and their followers. This will be an inspiration in what promises to be a very exciting course.

Course aim

‘The Rhythm of Light‘ Come and immerse yourself in the adventurous and vibrant work of the Colourists creating your own art work.  Paint, pastels, ink, pencils and paper, we will explore the colourist way of seeing and understanding art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Basically this course is for anyone who has a love of art and colour, and is open to both traditional techniques and experimentation.

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

  • Have acquired a basic understanding of The essence and influences of Colourist movement in art.
  • To have acquired the basic artistic skills and application of drawing, painting and the use of colour.
  • The completion of several ‘ colourist ‘ inspired art works of your own.
  • To enjoy the use of pure colour and light, in the individual art works.
  • I think a group project at the end of the course is desired it will be a challenge for us all.

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
  • I hope the students will be able to plan and bring their own ideas to this course, as well as the in class activities.

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
  • I look forwards to the individuals participation in completion of this course, and welcome suggestions from the students.

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.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • An interest and basic knowledge in the subject is always a good idea, I have quite an extensive library which is available. And the Internet is always with us. Parkside has an IT room and there is WiFi.

What can I do next?

  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • I hope all my students find satisfaction and joy in their individual creativity.

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Colourists Painting Course


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