Painting: colour and composition

Course Dates: 06/02/23 - 27/02/23
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
This short online module in painting will introduce fundamental elements starting with how set to set-up, observational techniques and measuring techniques using your eyes. You will also work on colour mixing, tone, line and composition that will all play a key role in helping you to discover ways to find inspiration in painting.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00

Course Code: VO165

Mon, day, 06 Feb - 27 Feb '23

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This short online module focuses on selected areas and topics associated with painting and is broken down in a structured way to support your development and learning. Considering ways of setting up for painting, making paintings and where to start from both observation, imagination and working with drawings and collage as inspiration.

This online module can be studied and completed on its own or as part of our trio collection of online painting modules. Other modules include Painting: application, handling and layering and Painting: source studies and abstraction.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Observation, setting up and learning to look including measuring and proportion
- Working with tone, monochrome and colour in painting
- Composition, structuring a painting, negative and positive space
- Colour mixing, understanding pigments and how to work with a limited palette.

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

- Set up a painting station at home
- identify different ways of looking and observation techniques
- Mix monochromatic, secondary, and tertiary colours
- Apply paint with confidence
- be able to paint objects in three dimensions, and translate tone into colour.

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

The course is suitable for beginners or those with a little experience of painting.

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

This is a practical course, where painting is learnt by working on a series of projects. Learners will be painting throughout all sessions, with some time being given to looking at contemporary and historic paintings. Details of these, and reminders and other resources will be available on google classroom. There is no homework, but learners will be encouraged to research artists.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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

You will need painting materials and equipment, and a suitable space to work where you can prop your painting up, spread out your palette and paints, and be messy.

Some of the painting projects will require objects such as a box and a can.
Please also have a colour magazine for collage, and some glue, instructions about how to make this from rice will be available on google classroom.

You will need to be set up for painting for all sessions including session one.
The first session will begin with a demonstration of how to set out your paints on your palette.

Please have a palette, which can be an A3 sized piece of plastic/Perspex/formica/board, a palette knife, a few basic bristle brushes (minimum 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small) cotton rags. Water or PVA for mixing acrylic paint.

If using oil paint, you need ‘Liquin’ or linseed oil for dilution, a palette knife, and washing up liquid to clean your brushes.

You will also need something to paint on each week.

If using acrylic, this can be thick cartridge paper or card
For oil, it can be a pad of A2 or A3 oil painting paper.
In either case, you can have a two A2 or A3 canvases for the longer paintings, but this is not essential.

You will need the following paint (*oil or acrylic) colours:

Cadmium red or vermilion., Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, French Ultramarine, Cerulean blue, Titanium white.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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

Continue to focus on particular painting skills with our selected online painting modules or move into drawing online. Alternatively you may wish to continue learning painting for a longer duration exploring life, portrait and abstraction. For all course details and a full range of options please visit our website.

Kate Hardy Tutor Website

Kate is a painter and a founder member of Chisenhale Studios in East London where she works most days. Her work explores memory of film and architecture, and has been shown in over 100 group and solo shows in London and internationally. Kate’s approach to teaching is a sharing of passion for painting, with colour mixing as the first step.She has a BA in painting from St Martin’s School of Art, and has an MA in drawing and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan School of Art, as well as a PGCE from the University of London Institute of Education.You can see her work on Instagram: @katehardystudio and student work from her museum drawing course: @museumdrawing

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.