Understanding and Applying Colour


16 June – 4 August 2020, Tuesday 6:00pm – 9:00pm AEST
Dr David Briggs

This course is a unique introduction to understanding colour, tailored to meet the needs of art and design practitioners and teachers, but suitable for anyone interested in colour; it includes six major sections of illustrated lecture content, each with accompanying practical exercises. The lectures are conducted in real time in the virtual online studio with time for questions and interactions with David and other students. The course includes demonstrations of relevant practical exercises that progress from basic exercises illustrating the theory to painting studies.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile, home-studio requirements and art materials

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Term: Term Two 2020
Start Date: 16 June 2020
End Date: 4 August 2020
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm AEST
Number of classes: 8
Lecturer: Dr David Briggs

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $395.00 AUD
Previous Student Fee: $375.00 AUD
Location: Online delivery
Availability: Available

Understanding and Applying Colour (Evening) Term Two pdf

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

This course provides a unique introduction to our current understanding of colour, tailored to meet the needs of art and design practitioners and teachers, but suitable for anyone interested in colour. Researched and developed by Dr David Briggs over the last twenty years, the course includes six major sections of illustrated lecture content, and two sections of practical exercises. All participants receive a set of approximately 300 slides from the lecture course. The lectures are conducted in real time in the virtual online studio with time for questions and interactions with David and other students.

Week by week overview

  1. The attributes of colour: Explore our colour perceptions in terms of their various attributes, especially hue, lightness and chroma, and see how these attributes can be used as a framework for visualising colour relationships and the mixing of paints.
  2. Colour vision and colour mixing: Understand the physical and biological basis of the colour attributes discussed in the first section. How does this knowledge help us to understand additive, subtractive, and additive-averaging mixing processes and the colour scales available to digital painters?
  3. Artists’ paints and paint mixing: Compare old favourite and more recently developed artists’ pigments and their physical properties such as opacity, tinting strength, toxicity and permanence. Learn to predict the colours of paint mixtures by visualising the paths of these mixtures through a three-dimensional colour space.
  4. Practical exercises: The first set of practical exercises will illustrate and reinforce the concepts covered in weeks 1-3 and show how painters can use them to skilfully adjust colour by means of paint mixing and glazing.
  5. Colour and light: What are the effects on the appearance of a scene of variations in the direction, size, distance, colour and number of the light source(s), and of the material properties of the objects and intervening atmosphere?
  6. Colour constancy and inconstancy: Explore the many aspects of visual perception relevant to representational and abstract painters, including adaptation, colour constancy, and partial failures of colour constancy including contrast and assimilation.
  7. Theories of colour: We review and consolidate our understanding of colour from a historical perspective with a survey of the development of theories of colour from the Renaissance to the present. How do the tenets of traditional “artistic” (red-yellow-blue) colour theory relate to current knowledge?
  8. Practical exercises: The second set of practical exercises consists of painting studies to investigate the relationship of colour and light, and to apply all the concepts covered in the course to painting a still life subject.

Course Delivery

David’s online studio course is taught with Zoom and takes advantage of the full range of tools that this program offers. He is present in the online studio for the whole session and he responds directly to student questions in live interactions and discussions.

If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom program, some tutorial assistance is available prior to the commencement of the first session to ensure you can join in with ease and get to know the online learning environment.

Class sizes are limited to a maximum of twelve students and the sessions are not recorded.

Student home-studio requirements

A computer, laptop or ipad with a good internet connection
Digital camera to photograph practical exercises for feedback

Lecturer Profile

Dr David Briggs is a painter and teacher of life drawing, anatomy and colour for painters at the National Art School, the Julian Ashton Art School and the University of Technology, Sydney. His publications include his website The Dimensions of Colour and a chapter in the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Colour. David is Vice President, NSW Divisional Chair and Colour Education Officer of the Colour Society of Australia, and is a committee member of the International Colour Association (AIC) / Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC) Colour Literacy Project, an international educational initiative to provide age-appropriate colour curricula and state-of-the-art resources for teachers across science, art and industry. David has been teaching practical classes and workshops on colour for painters for 20 years and has also written and presented an elective at NAS on the history of colour theory and practice. He gave an account of his unique approach to colour education as an invited speaker and workshop presenter at the ISCC/AIC Munsell Centennial Symposium in Boston in 2018.

Art Materials

Oil paints including at least these colours: Raw Umber, Permanent Rose, and any black, white, red, yellow and blue (more if you already have them)
Acrylic paint: one tube of Matisse Carbon Grey
Small range of brushes from fine to large, in good condition
Painting supports, either artists’ canvas (preferably) or sealed heavyweight card or paper
Palette (wooden, or a small glass clip frame or plate of glass), metal palette knife, linseed oil and odourless solvent (small bottles okay), old rags and paper towels

Parkers Fine Art Supplies

Parkers Fine Art Supplies offer discounts on art materials and postage to NAS students. They have special art materials kits for NAS short courses on their website. To discuss and order art materials contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

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