Course Dates January 13th -16th 2020 (Monday - Thursday)
"The chief function of colour should be to serve expression". Henri Matisse.
The best use of colour is intuitive. Like putting flavours together in cooking, sampling and making sounds in music or putting together rich descriptions and phrases for poetry. It is an exploration and celebration of language. The overall aim of this courses is to help you to be confident, playful and intuitive with colour, using oil paints and mediums. To get to this point we will explore four areas. Firstly the knowledge and use of the characteristics of all of the primary colours; how to mix them to make all the colour that you can see and imagine. Secondly transparency and opacity - increased and aided by mediums and working on different surface seeing how they respond to increase or decrease the vividness and luminosity of colours and marks. Thirdly - an awareness of how to use different tonal values to create subtle shifts in mood and light or a dramatic, expressive statement. Layering one colour on top of another can produce the most extraordinary 'Pop' and 'Shimmer'. Finally we will combine and improvise with all of these responding to sensations of touch, taste and sound to make a series of paintings that tug on the senses and delight the eyes.