Understanding and Using Colour

The aim of this course is to enable you to have the confidence to use colour as a focused aspect of your creative process and understand its relationship with form and content. The course will be practical, but will be supported by a number of short illustrated presentations...

Taught by: Michael Thorpe.

Description

The aim of this course is to enable you to have the confidence to use colour as a focused aspect of your creative process and understand its relationship with form and content. The course will be practical, but will be supported by a number of short illustrated presentations.

Topics covered

We will explore the theoretical and practical developments in the creative and expressive use of colour that came about as a consequence of the reaction of the post-Impressionist painters to what they saw as the conceptual and expressive limitations of Impressionism. We will see how, in doing so, they laid the foundations for much of the exploration of colour, form and content for 20th century modernism.

We will primarily focus on the particular concerns and consequent differences in the use of form and colour, developed by Monet and the key Post-Impressionists (Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Seurat). We will consider their influences on, and the developments by, subsequent artists such as Matisse and the Fauvists, Picasso and the Cubists, the German Expressionists, the American Abstract Expressionists and the colour abstractionists.

As the course develops you will be encouraged to consider and explore how this experience can inform and extend your ongoing work and its context. You will be encouraged to explore aspects of your own work in the context of issues raised on the course.

The final two hours of the course will be a critique of the work that students have made.

Who should take this course?

This painting course is for anyone building a portfolio or developing their skills in relation to colour and their own practice.

Entry requirements: None

Level: All levels

Tutor information

Michael Thorpe was the principal lecturer and Head of Painting on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course and the Course Director on the PG Cert in Professional Studies in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. He was previously a painting tutor at the Royal College of Art for ten years and was elected a fellow of the college. He was recently elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has also taught and lectured at many British and overseas art schools and universities including School of Visual Arts, Parsons and Cooper Union in New York, Brown University Rhode Island, Kolej Bandar Utama in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and most recently Sharjar University School of Art in the UAE where he wrote and taught the colour module of the fine art degree course. He has been awarded a Boise, a Leverhulme, an Italian Government and an Abbey British School at Rome scholarship and spent a year in the USA on a Winston Churchill Fellowship. He is a member of the London Group where he exhibits regularly and has work in public and private collections including the Arts Council of GB.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • 2 x palette and 2 x painting knives [1 x small & 1 x medium in each] 
  • Craft knife 
  • Metal ruler [c.30cm] 
  • Pencils & Rubber   
  • 1x large [c.300ml] and 2 x small [c.50ml] watertight screw top jars  
  • Flat piece of rigid white plastic / laminated wood c.30cm x 40cm to use as a palette for colour mixing [or a pad of Winsor & Newton's disposable paper palettes]   
  • Small canvas covered oil painting boards - 3 x 12""x10""/ 3 x 12""x12"" 
  •  Pad of oil painting paper  
  • Small bottle of artist's linseed oil  
  • Bottle of genuine turpentine 
  • Bottle of white spirit   
  • Cotton rags for cleaning brushes / palette etc  
  • A container of washing up liquid
  • Quantity of cotton rags for cleaning palette and brushes and removing paint from canvas etc.  

Set of oil paints:   

  • Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow , Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red Deep, Magenta, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue [Red shade], Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue [Green shade] [NB - Winsor & Newton Artists range], Permanent Green Light, Chrome Green Pale, Titanium White [large], Black, Vermillion, Permanent Rose, Alizarin Crimson

Range of brushes:

  •  [Hog hair] - Flat -[Nos. 2,4,6,8] - Round - [Nos.1, 2,4,6] [Buy 2 x No 1's]    

The following materials will be required for subsequent lessons:  

  • Set of oil paints: Light Red , Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber (Green Shade), Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna   
  • Canvases - 2 x 12""x10"" / 2 x 16""x12""/ 2 x 18""x 14""/ 2 x 20""x16"" [NB you will not need all of these to begin with and the sizes are only suggested and can be varied. Cheap versions can often be found in '£ shops', and occasionally in Lidl, both are suitable for our purposes.]


Details for booking

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