Colour Theory Beginnings

Welcome to my “Colour Theory Beginnings Workshop” which is a crash course on understanding colour in order to use it for painting, illustration, and design. This course will be running for the rest of the year in various forms – from anatomy, to colour. Please ask to join the whatsapp group if you’re interested in hearing further updates or follow us on @drawingworkshopsct on Instagram.


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Please see below for practical exercises.

Exercises:

  1. Writing exercises on colour. Write an account of your day and choose one thing that stood out to you and describe the colour in great detail. Describe the lighting of that object. Was it in daylight or synthetic lighting? How did you feel at that time? You get 20 minutes for this exercise.
  2. 5 minutes of delving into basic colour theory. Don’t stress too much about this. It’s really more about understanding how artists have traditionally understood colour theory, but a lot of the time we have an intuitive understanding of colour. If you have a colour combination that isn’t working, it can be helpful to refer back to this colour combination.
  3. Do a quick 5 minute pinterest search for pretty things and use them as inspiration to create quick colour palettes. We can cover a quick colour mixing overview if it’s needed, and then use that colour palette to illustrate a portrait (because we did portraits last week). This is a way of showing us that colour doesn’t necessarily need to be realistic in order to be effective.
  4. We can have a quick breakdown of lighting effects and how understanding and taking apart colour can benefit us in other areas of life. We can learn to be more present and observe our surroundings more in order to do ‘visual research’ to inspire and push us in our art.

Process:

10 – 20 minutesWriting exercises on colour. Write an account of your day and choose one thing that stood out to you and describe the colour in great detail. Describe the lighting of that object. Was it in daylight or synthetic lighting? How did you feel at that time? You get 20 minutes for this exercise.
1 x 6 minute discussion
30 minutesBasic colour theory(5 minutes)5 minutes of delving into basic colour theory. Don’t stress too much about this. It’s really more about understanding how artists have traditionally understood colour theory, but a lot of the time we have an intuitive understanding of colour. If you have a colour combination that isn’t working, it can be helpful to refer back to this colour combination.Apply (25 minutes)



15 minute break
30m(5 minutes)Do a quick 5 minute pinterest search for pretty things and use them as inspiration to create quick colour palettes. We can cover a quick colour mixing overview if it’s needed, and then use that colour palette to illustrate a portrait (because we did portraits last week). This is a way of showing us that colour doesn’t necessarily need to be realistic in order to be effective.(25 minutes)



5mBreakdown of how you can apply this in other areas of art/ life(5 minutes)We can have a quick breakdown of lighting effects and how understanding and taking apart colour can benefit us in other areas of life. We can learn to be more present and observe our surroundings more in order to do ‘visual research’ to inspire and push us in our art.

Last 10 minutes, reflect on how the workshop went.

  1. How did you approach colour before this workshop?
  2. What did you feel you learned afterwards?
  3. Do you feel confident to draw more after this workshop?

Please feel free to play!

This workshop is free but please donate if you can afford it. The donation recommendation is R100

Banking Details:
Charlie Martinson

Bank Name: Standard Bank

Acc Name: Savings

Acc No: 070213984

Branch Code: 051 001

For future workshops please see @drawingworkshopsct.

If you want to know more about further classes and commissions you are welcome to visit my site.


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Wishing you an inspiring week further and I hope to see you next week!

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