What is the course about?
This course introduces students to colour mixing to match different types of skin tones. Working from observation, we will explore how to develop a palette of warm and cool colours working from a live model, photographs and a selection of artist paintings.
What will we cover?
- Organising a palette, choosing colours
- Warm and cool colours/the colour wheel
- Colour mixing from two shades in oil according to a light source
- Working from a variety of visual sources
- Using mark-making to deconstruct forms
- Scumbling paint to create paint layers.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Select a palette of colours appropriate to use
- Use warm and cool colours to create form
- Work from two shades to analyse colour mixes
- Use brush marks to convey form and texture
- Work with paint layers to extend depth of colour
- Make notes to record discoveries.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some experience of portraiture/life painting would be useful but beginners would benefit from this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical demonstrations, handouts, individual support and group discussion, studio based practical processes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials provided. A notebook would be useful to write down colour mixing combinations etc.
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