Dynamics of Colour

Title Colour-theory

Dynamics of Colour.  Extend your understanding the complexities of colour and bring a new sense of joy and fun to the process of mixing colours.  

Hands-on exercises and experiments will help you gain a deeper appreciation of how colours interact with each other visually and on canvas, how colour relationships need to be considered as part of composition, and how this will improve your drawing and painting.

Most importantly it will bring colour mixing by trial and error to an end!

This course is not currently being offered.
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Suitable for: Beginners, improvers and intermediate artists.  
Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course



includes most materials

Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond

No date set

booking closed

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Plastic 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

  • 2-day weekend:
    Sat: 10 – 4pm
    Sun: 10 – 4pm

    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


What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching will lead you step by step giving you deeper insights into how colours work together, slowly building up to more complex colour relationships towards the end of the course. 

Individual attention
Loads of individual attention in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere with lots of 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Creativity and technical skills
The weekend involves a variety of exercises and mini-projects that will enable you to develop both your technical colour mixing and visual skills to ensure you leave inspired and able to continue developing your appreciation of colour after the course.

Choose this course if you want to learn an easier way of mixing the colours you want and deepening your understanding of the visual tricks colours play.


“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

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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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.  


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“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

 Learning Links

Some suggested follow-on courses that will help develop your skills further.
Remember to read the course diaries and testimonials on the course pages  to find out what other students have said.

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