Exploring Colour (WED EVE)

Date(s) - 06/10/2021 - 24/11/2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Christchurch centre

With Paul Meade

Colour is a rich, mysterious and disembodied phenomenon. It gives great visual pleasure, but for creative people it can be difficult to manage well when employed in their work – particularly for painters.

This course enables participants to develop a greater understanding of colour, its different aspects, relationships between colours, and the effects of colours in terms of harmony, expression and cultural significance.

Through mainly abstract tasks participants will learn about the subtlety of colour and develop a personal sensitivity to it enabling them to use it in their work with more awareness, purpose and skill.

Week 1: Getting familiar with colours; the ‘colour circle’

Week 2: Experiencing colours; bringing colours together

Week 3; Colour and tone 1

Week 4: Colour and tone 2

Week 5: Colour and temperature

Week 6: Colour and saturation

Week 7: Complementarity

Week 8: Bringing it all together

We will use paints for the tasks but the learning from this course can be applied in textiles, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.

You will need: acrylic or gouache paints: titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson (or magenta), ultramarine blue, cerulean blue (or cyan), black; acrylic pad A3 (or thick cartridge for gouache): brushes – acrylic 4, 6, and 8 flat; palette; pencil; rubber and ruler.


About the tutor:

I have been teaching art and design – mostly painting and drawing – to adults since 2007, both through Norfolk Adult Education Service and privately. I have also practiced as a self-employed artist since graduating from my art degree in 2002, having solo exhibitions, and taking part in group shows mostly in Norfolk, but also in Cambridge, Birmingham and London. My drawing and painting is mainly figurative.