Colour theory for artists and designers. Course VM437

Course Dates: 27/06/22-18/07/22
Time: 14:00-17:00
Location:City Lit - Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA
Tel: 020 7831 7831
Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.
A hands on introduction to colour theory and its practical applications for artists.
What is the course about?
This course offers a thorough introduction to colour perception and how to improve colour use in art and design. You will learn basic colour theory and the science of seeing and how it translates into practice. You will learn to mix colours using oil and acrylic paint and explore colour relationships including examples of the seminal colour studies by Josef Albers and Johannes Itten.

What will we cover?

• Colour theory and the science of seeing
• The components of colour, Hue, Saturation and Value
• The interaction of colour including:-
the seminal work of Josef Albers and Johannes Itten
• Relate colour theory to your practice as an artist
• Mixing colour using paint and pastels and paper collage
• Developing skills in mixing and organizing observed and abstract colour.

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

• Explain colour theory and the science of seeing
• Relate colour theory to practice as an artist or maker
• Improve skill in mixing, organizing and applying paint
• Develop a painted colour swatch chart for future reference
• Present a small painting, pastel study based on observed colour mixing.

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

Suitable for all levels artists and makers who want to develop their knowledge and apply colour theory to their work.

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

Presentation and discussion of theories
Colour mixing exercises
Individual tuition and feedback, dependent on each student's level
Group discussions and critiques
Some homework + preparation.