Colour and Composition Workshop

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Date(s) - 14/04/2016 - 05/05/2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Colour and Composition Workshop


2928 Dundas St West 
Toronto ON
 M6P 1Y8

Instructor: Lauren Renzetti

Thursday April 14-May 5, 1-4pm

4 weeks  Fee $195

With Lauren McKinley Renzetti



Course description:

In this  workshop students will explore how colour works in relation to  its neighbors on the colour wheel. While creating these studies  on colour we will also explore composition and how it can work in conjunction with colour. The difference between  compositions that are  dynamic vs. static, calm vs tense and flat vs. deep  within a given image. We will paint our way through true primary, secondary and tertiary colours along with analogous and complimentary colours. Along the way we will gain some language about colour from hue, warm , cool,   tint, tone, intensity , simultaneous contrast, lustre and what each colour’s value is on the grey scale.   We will also look at Colour Theorists, Itten, Munsell,  and Goethe. This is a workshop where you may use the paint you already have to create useful colour wheels and value scales that help you further understand what your chosen palette can do.

Materials List:

several sheets of 140lb (minimum) heavy flat paper, or mixed media pad, to do many paint tests, colour swatches and value strips

I like to make a template for colour wheel and triangle
A ruler 12″, a compass, 30/60 triangle, stencil tracers of shapes ( have a bunch of you don’t)
2H or HB pencil
2-3 Palettes that can hold many colours at once (round plastic ones with 6-8-10 wells are great or yogurt lids work well)
#2, #4, talkyon round tipped brush and or #4, #6 talkyon flat tipped brush – it makes a smoother surface than hogs hair brushes
2-3 Water containers
gouache is best as it is flat and matte but acrylic is also fine. The colours needed for this workshop are: (titanium) white, (ivory) black, primary yellow, primary red/magenta, primary blue/cyan. If true primaries are unavailable then owning cadmium red medium, magenta, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow medium, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue or cyan are your best options.