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