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Painting: Colour – ONLINE

This course will give you an introduction to colour and the painters palette. A range of materials, including paint, collage and pastels. Suitable for all levels. This course is taught online. Students will be expected to work remotely, therefore, Zoom capability is essential. Refer to Zoom support below, for more information.

Tutor Profile:Abigail trained as a sculptor at Newcastle University in the 1980s before working on private and public realm commissions nationally. Teaching has always been a part of her professional
practice and her knowledge and creative use of 2d and 3d materials is inspiring.
More recent works and creative practice can be viewed at

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for students with different levels of experience, including adventurous beginners. Students at whatever level should have an interest in visual phenomena and art and design. Students should be prepared to take risks and experiment. Those with some experience in working with colour media will be able to use the course to consolidate and expand skills and approaches. The course is also a taster for a 12 week colour programme.

What does this course cover

The course will cover practical colour theory and some skills, techniques and approaches associated with colour and colour mixing. Sources for work will be varied, e.g. images derived from observation, from imagination, from other artists, photos, text, the media. - Understand and apply basic principles of colour mixing and use a basic palette. - Develop or expand skills in using different colour painting techniques. - Work with a variety of colour media, including acrylics, collage and mixed media - Use colour in different ways, e.g. from observation, subjectively, expressively, and towards abstraction. - Apply and explore the use of colour in a personal context - Discuss, appreciate and learn about colour from your own and others work, including fellow students and artists from different periods and or cultures.

By the end of the course you should be able to: You should have greater knowledge and
and confidence in the subject. As a taster course you should be fired up to do more!

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Written handouts with visual diagrams. Group discussions Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions.
Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
The programme for the short course will be structured round a particular skill,
technique or theme to develop the use and creative application of colour. Teaching is
on a group basis. Students learn through practice, through group and individual
discussion, and through looking at their own and others' work. Work produced is
discussed by the group to develop analytical skills. Examples of other artists' work
will be shown as appropriate.
Online content will be power-point lectures/discussion, feedback of student work and
group discussions allowing students to develop an individual approach and selfreflection
as they progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Keeping a sketch/note/scrapbook is also extremely important for any student who
wishes to develop independently.
A basic artist tool kit, pencils, pencils HB 2b to 4b, Graphite stick 2b, willow
charcoal, masking tape, craft knife. System 3 white acrylic paint (250ml bottle).
Tin/paper plate/plastic food trays to use as palettes - Jars/tins for water - Range of
brushes - Apron/ old shirt for working in.
A set of synthetic brushes, (suitable for painting in acrylic) that range in size from a
cm width to larger. Small household brushes are also good to give you a greater
A set of basic acrylics costs £40 to £50 pounds plus depending on size and quality.
(Daler Rowney System 3 is a good student quality acrylic).
Basic Palette: - Lemon (or Hansa) yellow - Cadmium yellow (not deep) - Cadmium
red (not deep) -Alizarin Crimson (Alizarin or Rose) Magenta - Ultramarine blue -
Cerulean blue - Colbalt blue - Prussian blue - Black (small tube only) - White.
Optional: - Yellow ochre - Burnt sienna - Viridian/monestial/pthalo green - Pthalo
Thick card/paper (heavy duty cartridge) to paint on acrylics can be stretched and
You should also collect as many other materials as possible e.g wax and chalk
pastels, markers and felt tips, colour pencils and coloured papers for collage, e.g.
from glossy mags, tissue, wrapping etc.
Students are encouraged to visit exhibitions (online) and develop an interest in other
artists' work, as this is one of the most important ways to develop skills.
Make sure you have a secure internet connection and have signed up to Zoom
before the start of the course.

The course will be run on Zoom, (for the online
provision). Please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on
your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:
You will need a microphone (its fine to use whatever is built into your device) and
camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during
the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or
other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a
smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but
you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities
involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as
possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can
concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of
the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and
training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone
outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further
permission to do so.
What this course could lead to:

What this course could lead to

Many other courses at the Mary Ward Centre and other colleges would be suitable to
progress colour work further e.g. in printmaking, textiles, collage, stained glass,
design, graphics, fashion. The course is also suitable for those intending to apply for,
or already taking certificated Mary Ward Courses (Pre-foundation in Art & Design,
Foundation). It will assist in the development of individual visual language and
subject matter, and in general portfolio preparation.

There is detailed information online about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Creative Art queries:

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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