Colour dynamics – NEW for 2020


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.

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



Thurs eve x6


Includes most materials


Spring or Summer

6.30 – 9pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

Dates still to be decided

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Course details

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.

Projects will include the use of acrylic and water colour paints, drawing inks, oil and soft pastels.

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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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Choose this course if you want to learn how to use colour more effectively in your drawings and paintings.

  • 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
      Mixed media pad, 250gsm
    • Cass Art: A2 size
      Mixed media pad, 250gsm

    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

  • Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

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

  • Brian has a background as a fine artist, community artist and adult tutor. 
    Brian is passionate about teaching and enthuses his students with excitement for creativity and making art.  His teaching style is supportive, relaxed and friendly, yet focused on ensuring everyone is able to progress to their potential.  He is Lead tutor at Creative Art Courses.

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  • Reviews + student comments from previous courses
    New course so no reviews as yet


  • Future course dates


What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

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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.


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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