Enrol in Colour - An Interdisciplinary Primer
Course Code: ARTS2298
The great watercolourist Winslow Homer made a lifetime study of colour theory, particularly the work of Chevreul, with the intent of improving his paintings. A solid grounding in colour theory is important when working in visual culture, enriching painting and design. Exploring the full range of colour contrasts - temperature, hue, value, extension, saturation, and complements - learn to employ these to enhance depth, emphasize a focal point, balance composition and build drama. Colour mixing demonstrations in watercolour will be supplementary to one to three small projects each day, targeting specific aspects of colour theory in a lighthearted approach that involves painting everything from (possibly) liquorice allsorts to garden gnomes. Use of a colour wheel to understand the design potential of triads, split complements and more complex combinations will be discussed and handouts provided for all demonstrations. You are welcome to work in watercolour, acrylic or gouache.