Colour dynamics – NEW for 2019


Colour dynamics: This course focuses on the interactions, dynamics and relationships of using colour within drawing and painting.  You will explore an eclectic mix of historical and contemporary artists, styles and techniques, to help you gain insights into, and more fully understand and learn about ways of using colour in your own drawing and paintings. 

Working through a series of creative projects with the focus on the use of colour, you will find inspiration from different subjects, art movements, historical and contemporary artists, and creative technique and materials.

Suitable for: Beginners, improvers and intermediate artists.
Everyone is welcome.
Evening course

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includes most materials

6 x Thursday eve
Time: 6.30 – 9pm

Spring 2019

March 21, 28, April 4, 25, May 2, 9

Places available
  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    4. Drawing paper
      choose either;
    • Daler Rowney: A2 size
      Fine Grain heavy weight drawing pad
    • Winsor + Newton: A2 size
      Medium Surface cartridge pad

    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

  • Evening course:
    6 x Thursday eve
    6.30 – 9pm

    Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

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

  • Diaries from all previous courses
    New course so no diaries as yet


What can I expect

6 weekly evening classes based around guided exercises and creative projects to help you explore and develop your skills.

Structured learning
Each session has been carefully planned to take you step by step towards building your knowledge of colour relationships, understanding the dynamics of colour within compositions, and improving your colour mixing skills to enable you to become confident in using colour in your drawing and painting.

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.

Personal artistic development
This course will help you develop your skills and knowledge in using colour more confidently and creatively within your creative drawing and painting projects.  Your new knowledge will become a key ingredient in developing your independence, self-confidence and creativity as you continue to develop after the course.

Shared learning
There will be plenty of opportunities to receive lots of positive feedback, share ideas and learn from each other in a supportive group environment.

Extra Session
Book yourself onto the PAYG Creative Saturday  sessions to give yourself  the extra time that so many students ask for after completing this course.  Extra studio time with the usual 1:1 support and guidance from an experienced tutor will help you put into practice everything you have learnt.

Discount Details available here.


Choose this course if you want to learn about colour mixing, the dynamics of colour, and understand colour relationships more fully


This is a new course so no testimonials just yet.
Below are some comments
from the
Weekend course.

“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


Course structure

The course is divided into six 2.5 hour sessions with each giving you insights into key aspects of using colour in your drawings and paintings.

Every session will teach you practical tips and techniques, along with giving you appreciation of an eclectic mix of artists and art movements, to show you how to use colour more effectively and creatively,  and help you to develop your artistic self-confidence.

Click the green Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.


Colour relationships
The course begins with a gentle introduction to get you mixing acrylic colour more freely and start to feel a little more relaxed and at home using colour.  This session will give you insights into the main colour relationships, spatial placing of colour to create 3D forms and spatial depth.  

Inspiration from:

  • Impressionists Monet and Cezanne
  • Chuck Close
  • Jean Martin

Creative mini-project: Contemporary buildings
Materials: Acrylic paint

Class 2

Tonality within colour
The tonal (dark/light) qualities of a picture is another key component in creating stunning images with depth and clarity.  This session will give you insights into understanding the tonal qualities of colour that will help you to create convincingly unified images.

Inspiration from:

  • Jean-Baptiste Chardin
  • Edward Hopper

Creative mini-project: Still life with bottles and jars
Materials: Watercolour

Class 3

Colour and emotion
Conveying mood and feeling is usually the main reason we all create art. This session will give you insights into the moods of colour through a number of colour-mixing experiments that will help make colour mixing a pleasure.

Inspiration from:

  • Abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, Barry Newman and Clyfford Still.
  • Simon Palmer
  • Karen Jacobs

Creative mini-project: Semi or pure abstraction
Materials: Acrylic paint

Class 4

Visual pathways and rhythmn
Colour is key to planning how the viewer is guided around your picture. Along with learning about other Art Elements this session will give you insights into how making colour-links across your pictures will create visual journeys for the viewer to make your picture more enjoyable to look at.

Inspiration from:

  • Fauvist artist Gauguin and Andre Derain
  • Judith Donaghy

Creative mini-project: Still life
Materials: Oil pastels

Class 5

Focal point with colour
The destination or focal point is a vital component of good picture making and colour can play a key role in achieving this.  This session will give you insights into how to structure and order your use of colour to help create a purposeful focal point.

Inspiration from:

  • Hyper realist Chuck Close
  • Sarah Graham
  • Chris Morgan

Creative mini-project: Still life ‘thumbnail’ sketches
Materials: Acrylic paint

Class 6

Colour unity
Creating a sense of unity throughout the colours you choose to use in your pictures is crucial to creating a coherent image.  This session will give you insights into how to use colour-linking within your pictures so all colours relate to each other.  

Inspiration from:

  • Gorgio Morandi
  • David Hockney

Creative mini-project: Still life with bottles
Materials: Acrylic paints


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“Extremely challenging-difficulty in understanding some of the concepts. Incredibly stimulating and very enjoyable and thought provoking.”
Steve R

“It has been like being allowed to play… such a pleasure, lovely people.”
Theresa H

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.

 Core | Materials | Creativity | Independence


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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