Develop an experimental colour sketchbook

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 18/02/20
Time: 14:00 - 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 6 sessions, develop a large scale colour sketchbook stimulated by a sequence of experimental colour exercises, sketching in galleries, studio set-ups, ideas and themes, using a range of colour materials and processes. For artists, illustrators and creative makers, you will engage in creative exercises and intuitive responses to build a personal, valuable resource to inform your work.

What will we cover?

- Experiment with the components of colour: Hue, Chroma and Value, in structured exercies
- Develop ideas, themes and processes in sketchbooks from visual stimuli on location in galleries and in the studio
- Gallery visits: to observe, sketch and be inspired by the use of colour in selected paintings in the National Gallery and the Tate galleries.
- In the studio: develop personal sketchbook use and visual expression using colour materials including pencils, pastels, paper and acrylics. Processes include: sketching, layering, blending, mark-making, note taking, collage and painting
- Explore the colour sketchbooks of selected artists including Turner.

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

- Record your explorations and experiemnts using the components of colour and as colour as a resource in sketchbooks
- Utilise visual stimuli from gallery research and studio work to develop personal themes
- Develop confidence in explorations of personal themes
- Develop a sketchbook for ideas generation and visual expression
- Extend and expand use of colour materials
- Widen knowledge of selected artists work in colour.

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

Open to all levels.

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

You will need to bring your own hardbacked sketchbook either A3 or A4 size. All other materials will be provided.

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.

This course has now started

Course Code: VH004

Started Tue, day, 14 Jan - 18 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

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