Painting workshop: focus on colour

Course Dates: 27/04/21 - 01/06/21
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
A concise study of colour usage. 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 and oil paint.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00

Course Code: VH063

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Tue, day, 27 Apr - 01 Jun '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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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 (some oil use)
- 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?

Suitable for beginners and intermediates with some painting experience.

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

- Colour mixing exercises
- Group discussions-theories and practice
- Individual tuition and feedback
- Slide-selection of current and traditional examples by painters and colour theorists.

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

All basic materials for the course are provided.

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

You may wish to continue working with colour in one of our painting modules, such as Painting,1 or Painting 2. if you would like to pursue your own painting projects, our Drawing and painting studio: intermediate to advanced is ideal.

Clare Barton-Harvey

Clare Barton-Harvey is a full time artist and tutor/trainer living in London. In her teaching, she specialises in life drawing, drawing and mindfulness, working with colour, and painting from the imagination. She is an engaging and inspired tutor responsive to individual need and encouraging of individual growth/expression. In 2003, she studied at the Royal Drawing School, where she engaged in life drawing and the study of contemporary and historic artist’s drawings as part of the Drawing Year. In 2017 she engaged in post-graduate study with Bob and Roberta Smith (RA) and has exhibited solo and in a variety of group shows throughout the UK. You can see her work at Clare has been a practicing artist & mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, and has taught drawing and painting for over 18 years, in a variety of locations currently including the National Gallery, British Museum, British Library, Pallant House and Hampton Court Palace. She is also co-founder of LIMINA collective ( who specialise in mindful engagement with art in galleries and museums.

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.