Understanding Colour I

January 12, 2022



Understanding Colour I is a thorough introduction to colour theory and its translation into painting practice. The use of colour as a basic element of visual art is a fundamental component of painting, but a good knowledge of colour is also helpful in graphic design, interior design and photography. The aim of this course is to prompt students to be mindful of the endless complexity and diversity available through an awareness of colour. The colour theory and applied methodology learned can be put to immediate use. Students assemble a reference book with emphasis on developing an understanding of how colour theory can be applied and add interest to their work and the world around them. Most participants use acrylic paint in the classroom, however all information taught translates directly into watercolour, gouache, or oil paint. Suitable for beginners.
Wednesdays 10am – 1pm, Jan 12 – Apr 06 Classroom Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $425.00 (36 hrs)

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Suppy List

- ivory black (acrylic, watercolour or gouache)
- large tube of titanium white (acrylic or gouache), chinese white (watercolour)
- brushes: acrylic: a variety of round and flat or “bright” soft synthetic brushes (Taklon or similar works fine). Watercolour and Gouache: A variety of watercolour brushes (whatever you have, a wash brush and good quality round “10 or #12 recommended.
- empty plastic dairy containers
For acrylic only:
- gloss medium - 8 or 16 oz for acrylic
- palette knife(s) (metal is preferred)
- pad of disposable palette sheets

- pad of watercolour paper, 9”x12” (if using watercolour or gouache)
- canvas pad, 9”x12” (if using acrylic or oil)
- card stock sheets (8.5”x11”)

- magazines: look for magazines with lots of black and white photos such as fashion magazines (if you don’t have any, the school has extras)
- scissors
- glue stick
- ruler
- 4" binder and ready index divider tabs: https://commercial.monk.ca/office-products/binders-accessories/index-dividers/ave11842-ready-index-dividers-1-10-tabs

Additional Colours (acrylic, watercolour or gouache):
- cadmium red medium (genuine not hue)
- alizarin crimson (hue is better) or quinacridone red
- ultramarine blue or French ultramarine (NOT green shade)
- phthalo blue (green shade)
- cobalt blue (genuine)
- hansa or lemon yellow
- cadmium yellow medium (genuine not hue)
- dioxazine violet
- cadmium orange (genuine) or vat orange
- phthalo green

January 12, 2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Vancouver Island School of Art
302-733 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 3C7