Looking at artists: focus on the artists palette
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VM043
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This short online course will place great emphasis on the palette rather than on the canvas. You will look at artist’s approaches to arranging colours on their palette to achieve harmonious colours and discuss how to achieve greater control of tonal arrangement. Using specific visual references from some of the world's leading artists, you will finish the course with some strategies for using the palette to ensure harmony in your furture painting work.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
•The artist's palette, how it is used a creative tool and the importance of the artists palette
•The work of specific artists and how they use the palette to work our harmonies of colour
• Application of paint and how to work with colour interaction.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Use the palette to work out the key harmonies of colour before beginning work on the painting itself.
• Apply paint in discreet adjacent strokes of colour to exploit the interactions of colour.
• Discuss harmonies of colour in specific oil paintings.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
• Ideal for beginners and also returning art students who have experience in painting and drawing but want to bring more rationale to their use of colour. You should have basic IT and computer skills so you are able to engage, complete and submit online. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. A large part of this course is a critical look and discussion on specific topics and visual references. You will be invited to take part in group discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• You will be taught online with short presentations, demonstration and group discussion.
• You will need a space to carry out the watercolour exercises.
• Your tutor will suggest some future books and exhibitions for referecne and to support you studies after the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• A set of oil paints which should include titanium white and a range of bright colours and earth colours such as raw sienna and burnt sienna
• 4 sheets of A4 card or cartridge paper, preferably sized or, and some paper for taking notes
• Range of oil painting brushes of different sizes
• A palette knife.
• Sheets of greaseproof paper on a large flat surface and some tape – you will use this to make a disposable oil painting palette.
• Some tissue or rags, and some solvent or vegetable oil for cleaning your work surfaces.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Our 'Looking at artists series' continues with a whole range of subjects, techniqes and artists being discussed. Please visit https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/art-and-design for more details about these and other online courses including painting, drawing, collage, digital skills for artists and much more….
Benjamin Senior is a London-based professional artist and teacher specialising in painting and drawing and colour. His teaching practice is driven by his extensive research in to the practical history of painting, often focusing on techniques of the past such as egg tempera and Old Master methods of painting. In his painting practice Benjamin Senior has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2010, opening exhibitions in New York, Milan, Zurich, and Dubai including the Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition Slow Painting (2019-20). In 2016 he was one of the official printmaking artists of Team GB during the Rio Olympic Games. Committed to bringing an accessible and enlivening approach to painting tuition, teaches in institutions across London including Dulwich Picture Gallery, UAL Camberwell College of Arts, Working Men’s College and City Lit.
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.