Colour sketchbook for artists and makers

Course Dates: 27/03/20 - 03/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Create an experimental colour sketchbook that will serve as a vital personal resource to inform your work as an artist or maker. Combining theory and practice, experimentation, intuition and personal interest this practical course for creatives will help you unlock ways of using colour in a dynamic way.


What is the course about?

Over two full days develop an experimental sketchbook, responding to colour theories through structured exercises in colour, gallery visits and studio work. Develop confidence and find inspiration from selected painters at the National Gallery and Tate galleries. Develop personal ideas and themes and explore practical processes in the studio using a variety of colour materials including paper, coloured pencils and pastels and scrylic paints.

What will we cover?

- How colour interacts using the structured exercises of Josef Albers
- Experiment with the components of colour: Hue, Chroma and Value, in structured exercies
- The historical diagrams which have informed colour theories
- Selected artists' use of colour including Turner's sketchbooks
- Develop ideas, themes and processes in sketchbooks from visual stimuli on location in galleries and in the studio
- Observational sketching in the National Gallery and the Tate galleries
- Develop personal projects using using colour materials and processes including: sketching, layering, blending, mark-making, note taking, collage and painting.

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

- Understand how colour interacts using structured exercises
- Develop your practice using the components of colour
- Familiarise yourself with the historical diagrams that have informed colour theory
- Be inspired by colour stimuli in artists
- Build confidence sketching on location in galleries
- Develop personal visual language and expression
- Extend and expand use of colour materials and processes.

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

Some experience of workshop based skills in 2D processes.

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

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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.

Book your place

Course Code: VH001

Fri, day, 27 Mar - 03 Apr '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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