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Dynamics of Colour

The Dynamics of Colour 2-day course will help you understand the complexities of colour and bring a new sense of joy and fun to the process of mixing colours.  Through a series of hands-on exercises and experiments students will gain a deeper appreciation of how colours interact with each other visually and on the canvas, how colour relationships need to be thought of as part of composition, and how this new knowledge will improve your drawing and painting. Most importantly it will bring colour mixing by trial and error to an end!

Suitable for all abilities.  Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course

Title Colour-theory

Key Information

 

No date set

Days: Sat + Sun
Time:
10 – 4pm

£125

includes most materials


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  • My courses are suitable for everyone.  But why?

    Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
    Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
    Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.

    Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
    Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class.  This can’t be streamed.
    I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.

     This is why – We draw. We learn.  Have fun – together.

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Erasor
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
         Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A3, 220gsm – or –
         Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A3, 200gsm

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course (optional)

  • Diaries from previous courses

  • “Enjoyable and informative.  As a novice it was good not to feel under any pressure to produce something, but just to have fun and explore.”
    Liz M


    “It was really good to cover the basics of colour theory – something I haven’t done before.  It’s one of those things that you take for granted, but once you really investigate it there’s a lot to learn.”
    Helen J


    “I enjoyed this colour theory workshop and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to learn how to begin mixing colours with confidence and a joyful sense of discovery.  I had thought it would be too complicated and difficult but instead found it completely liberating and all my anxieties about trying (and failing) to get the colours I want just vanished.”
    Elaine L


    “This course is informative and helpful.  the day is well structured with a beneficial emphasis on teaching – particularly useful for those of us looking for informed guidance.  It is fun and friendly with a very relaxed atmosphere.  I came out of the day feeling as though I had a good grip on how to mix colours and wishing I had taken this course before splurging on paints.”
    Vicky W


  • Weekend Course: 10 – 4pm
    Tutor: Brian Raymond

    Suitability
    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Refreshments
    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Have a look at the Course gallery.

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  • MATERIALS YOU WILL USE

    Apart from your sketchbook and essential drawing materials, all the following are included as part of the course fee.

    • Acrylic paint
    • All the equipment, brushes, etc you need

    The following items are provided
    Easels
    Drawing boards
    Masking tape
    Bulldog clips
    Newsprint paper
    Other materials; equipment as well

Course structure

This course is fun and a real eye opener for all students wanting a deeper understanding of how colour works. The course draws on ideas and concepts developed by Josef Albers of the Bauhaus school of Art that has become, since the 1920’s, the foundation of teaching colour in art schools around the world.  Students will learn all the foundations of colour theory that will see their confidence in using colour grow as the weekend progresses.  The course is taught step by step in a relaxed informal and enjoyable studio environment. You will leave inspired and more confident in your use of colour.

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to see what you need to bring.

Day 1
You will explore and learn about the 3 main dimensions of colour – hue, value and saturation.  Students will learn a great deal from painting their own colour wheel, understand just what colour is, the different ways artists use colour in paintings, and develop their understanding in how to manipulate colour to get the exact colour they want when painting.  The day will be spent mixing a lot of colours, experimenting with colour mixing, and completing a few colour exercises.

Day 2
Colour bias affects all your colour mixing and students will learn how to compensate for this when mixing colours.  Much of the day will be spent exploring colour relationships and the different visual effects colours have when they interact together in different combinations.  Students will spend the day continuing their new found joy in colour mixing, experimenting with colour to further deepen their appreciation of colour, and discover a multitude of colours they had never dreamed possible they could mix themselves.

Learning about colour
Learning about the dynamics of colour, how colour interacts both visually and with other colours is a vital part of learning to draw and paint.  The value of a hands-on course should not be under estimated as you will find you revisit the information learnt on this weekend for many years to come.  


STUDENT QUOTE

“I enjoyed this colour theory workshop and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to learn how to begin mixing colours with confidence and a joyful sense of discovery.  I had thought it would be too complicated and difficult but instead found it completely liberating and all my anxieties about trying (and failing) to get the colours I want just vanished.”
Elaine L

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What can I expect

Part of the Be more Creative series of courses the Colour theory course is designed to support your ongoing development as an independent and confident artist.  You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques, processes, artistic best practice, all sprinkled with a dose of good old fashioned inspiration!

  • Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.
  • Short Courses that will encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.
  • Flexibility to explore your own ideas.  
  • Honest and supportive feedback through tutor-led and group ‘critiques’.
  • Encouragement to take chances in a supportive and learning-led environment. 

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