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Geraldine Thompson    


Colour Theory: a visual language - How to set the mood of a painting and develop your style as a painter


This workshop will explore methods of constructing a painting through Colour Theory in order to create successful harmony, tone, balance and focal point of interest. It will investigate colour values and how and why colour interacts in a painting in a different way to a photograph. It will consider 'Why does colour sometimes look wrong?' 'What can we learn from the Masters?'  as well as 'How to select and organise your palette' and 'How to prepare and set the temperature and mood of a painting to create your own style'.

Geraldine will demonstrate the stages of constructing a painting based on Sisley's "The Lane of Poplars at Moret" for us to follow. She will provide images of this painting for each of us to work with.

Please bring A Colour Wheel ( this is essential), brushes, A4 paper, a palette and water pot etc. The colours needed are White, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Orange, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Purple, Cobalt Blue, Prussian (Phthalo/Winsor) Blue, Cerulean Blue and Ultramarine Blue. Other members will be happy to share colours you do not have.



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