Looking at painters: colour

Course Dates: 21/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

A concise study of colour usage: using a range of different mediums we will explore the potential uses of colour in both painting and drawing. Looking at how artists have historically used colour to lead the viewer’s eye and create mood and atmosphere in their art work. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour. An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylics.


What is the course about?

Through practical exercises and experimentation, develop your sensitivity towards colour. Investigate the foundations of colour theory to mix and apply the colours you want.

What will we cover?

Developing skills in mixing observed colour
Colour theory and the science of seeing
Mixing colour and understanding the colour wheel
Relating theory to practice for painters.

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

Understand the basics of colour theory and colour perception
Relate colour theories to practice and improve painting
Mix Acrylic paint
Take away a painted colour wheel for future reference
Present a small painting based on observed colour mixing.

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

All levels – from beginners – to improvers.
You should be able to follow verbal instructions and follow demonstrations.

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

Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals.
There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience therefore group discussions and feedback are encouraged.

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

All basic materials are provided.

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

This course is useful for all City Lit Painting courses. Your tutor will give you advice depending on your level.

Tutor Biographies
Suzanne Caines

Suzanne Caines is a Canadian Artist, Researcher & Arts Educator who holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. Working within the intersection of painting, drawing, writing and video art she raises questions about cultural heritage, suppressed histories, collective forgetfulness, and identity in the form of muted/mutated witness and reconciliation. Her video works combine archival, photographic and researched materials transformed through digital editing and sound treatment. Having participated in several international residencies and exhibitions including, Extratextual/An international exhibition of contemporary art informed by modes of writing at /Contemporary Calgary, V-Tape, Toronto, Ontario, Banner Repeater, London, UK, The Projection Gallery, Liverpool, X Marks the Bokship, The Nunnery Gallery, London, Transmediale 2006, Berlin and VertexList Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, England; The Projection Gallery, Liverpool, England.

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: VH058

Tue, day, 21 Apr - 21 Apr '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £31.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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