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Colour through watercolour and acrylic

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 25 May 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 May 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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This intensive weekend course explores methods and techniques of watercolour and acrylic paints and the power of colour.

How we perceive colour is a highly emotive and personal aspect of painting. Subtle shifts in the transparency, lustre or viscosity of the paint which can result in significantly different visual experiences.

In painting, what we experience and respond to as viewers in a matter of moments has often been carefully crafted over a considerable time by the artist. Painters learn how to handle tools and materials in order to use colour in an expressive way.

Through experimenting with watercolour and acrylic paints participants will gain insight into the role and nature of colour. Working spontaneously as well as by using learning strategies, participants are introduced to inventive watercolour and acrylic techniques and confident paint handling. Throughout this course participants explore what colour is and what can be done with it using watercolour and acrylic.

Such explorations in colour can produce thought-provoking results, exciting as works of art in their own right, but can also inform your future decision making with colour painting. Each session is carefully structured and timed to enable participants to reflect and respond in more personal ways to their own use of colour.

As well as providing opportunity to paint, participants will be introduced to key historical developments in the use of colour by artists from around the world. They will have special access to the RA’s wonderful archive collection and discover further insights into the use of colour by looking at original works of art and experiments in colour.

In this intense weekend course, systematic and expressive approaches to the use of colour are explored as well as the importance of surface, colour theory and the potential of colour layering.

Day one will explore:

  • Colour theory: primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary colour, earths, tints and tones
  • The use of colour in the past and across cultures
  • The layering of colour and how to decide which colours complement each other

Day two will explore

  • Experimental techniques with acrylic paint
  • Abstract painting
  • How to modify ambitious and take risks when using colours
  • Scale and contrast
  • Key works of art, seen from a fresh perspective

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 25 May 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 May 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£480. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.