Colour theory for artists and designers

Course Dates: 09/04/24 - 07/05/24
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.
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Colour theory for artists and designers
  • Course Code: VM437
  • Dates: 09/04/24 - 07/05/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Amanda Bracken

Course Code: VM437

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Tue, day, 09 Apr - 07 May '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

An introduction to colour theory and how to apply it in practice. To investigate the components of colour and improve your skills in mixing, applying, comparing and organizing colour using paint, paper, collage and/or pastels.

What will we cover?

• Colour theory and the science of seeing
• The components of colour, Hue, Saturation and Value
• The interaction of colour including:-
the seminal work of Josef Albers and Johannes Itten
• Relate colour theory to your practice as an artist
• Mixing colour using paint and pastels and paper collage
• Developing skills in mixing and organizing observed and abstract colour.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Explain colour theory and the science of seeing
• Relate colour theory to practice as an artist or maker
• Improve skill in mixing, organizing and applying paint
• Develop a painted colour swatch chart for future reference
• Present a small painting, pastel study based on observed colour mixing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for all levels of artists and makers who want to develop their knowledge and apply colour theory to their work. Some previous experience of drawing/painting/designing would be an advantage.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Presentation and discussion of theories
Colour mixing exercises
Individual tuition and feedback, dependent on each student's level
Group discussions and critiques
Some homework + preparation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

An A4 sketchbook, Acrylic or oil paints –primary colours + white, old magazines, (pastels or colour pencils if you have them).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Painting 1, 2, Printmaking, Textiles, mixed media courses.

Amanda Bracken Tutor Website

Amanda Bracken started her teaching career at the Serpentine Gallery, researching, developing and delivering projects to a range of audiences, which illuminated the art work on show in the exhibition programme, including a teachers’ pack for the Bridget Riley exhibition. She also gained substantial experience developing projects and workshops within the education departments of The Drawing Room, the Estorick collection, The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria Miro Gallery in particular Alice Neel: Portraits. Bracken holds an MA in Fine Art gained at Central Saint Martins. She also holds a BA in joint Art/Dance and a PGCE gained at Goldsmiths College London. Brackens paintings, drawings and installations have been selected for exhibitions in London and nationally including the Drawing Room, ASC Gallery, C and C Gallery and Atkinson Gallery Millfield. ‘I am interested in colour and form in all its permutations and the qualities of the substance of painting and drawing-the figurative, the abstract and the in-between. Citylit has a diverse Art department where I can use my experience to stimulate students to develop their own work'.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.