Colour on Colour - Light and Expression - Online

Colour on Colour - Light and Expression - Online

Online Course September 28th - 30th (Monday – Wednesday)

This 3 day course is all about becoming more knowledgeable and confident when mixing and using colour in your paintings. For the purposes of this workshop I will be demonstrating with a range of good quality acrylics and mediums on paper, but all of the principles are relevant for oils too. We will be working with a selection of 3 or 4 of each of the primary colours, plus white. With these we will mix an infinite range of colours. By exploring the light and value of colours we will create combinations that pop and shimmer. Layering and floating one on top of another activates an optical reaction, making it seemingly glow from the inside, but also stimulates an emotional connection. As we come to the final stages of the course we move from understanding the technical and practical issues connected with understanding colour onto making compositions that harness the expressive potential too. We will make studies that allow you to play and improvise and perhaps challenge your ‘taste’. We will create simple compositions that allow you to orchestrate and manipulate the focus and attractions in a painting. Play with balance; deliberately creating jarring and clashing combinations. Then sooth them with quiet notes to hold the space. Syncopate the rhythm as the eye lands; phrase and accent the composition to arrange colours that sing, pulse and glow like flickering qualities of light. Artists to look at: Rothko, Patrick Heron, Ivon Hitchens, Paul Klee, Albert Irvin, Elisabeth Cummings, Gillian Ayres, Julian Brown, Biggs and Collings, Bridget Riley, Sargy Mann, Bonnard.

The course fee covers:

  • A daily 2 hour live group tutorial each morning from 10 – 12. From 12 – 12.15 there is the opportunity for a question and answer session.
  • Each Zoom meeting will also be recorded and we can provide you with a link so that you can watch the workshop again, pause, rewind at your own pace. (This link will only be available for 30 days after the course ends).
  • At the end of days 2 & 3 you will be encouraged to email us just 2 photos of the work that you have done that day. These will then be put into a gallery on the website for the whole group to see. This also gives the tutor the opportunity to look at your work and tailor the workshop to every ones needs. To find the course galleries on the website use this link
  • There is a Facebook group page created for students on this course. You can add photos of your work here and give each other feedback. Please add a friends request to Colour on Colour online

We will be using Zoom for our Video Communication. It is really easy to use. If you are not familiar with it then perhaps practise with family and friends. You will be emailed a password and login a few days before the course to enable you to join the meeting at the specified time. The login details will be the same for each of the 3 days. The tutor will be online from 9.30 am to enable you to check in and be ready for a prompt 10am start. Please log into the meeting no later than 9.50 so that any technical issues can be ironed out before the class begins.


Event Details

Start Date 28-Sep-2020 10:00 am
End Date 30-Sep-2020 12:00 pm
Price £165.00
Course Details Colour_On_Colour_Sept2020.pdf

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Emily Ball at Seawhite,
2 Downs View Road,
East Sussex,
BN25 4PT
Telephone: 01903 743 537


Emily Ball at Seawhite
Seawhite Studio,
Star Road,
Partridge Green
West Sussex RH13 8RY
United Kingdom