Course overview

Have you ever wondered why painters use certain colours in their art? Would you like to learn more about the way traditional paints were created? This four-week course aims to give you an appreciation of the way colour has been used by artists throughout history. You do not need any prior knowledge to attend the course, just a general interest in colour and the history of art. It is also suitable for those who may have attended other art history courses and/or intend to study art or art history in the future.

Course description

We will begin with a look at the range of materials that artists have traditionally used as a basis for paint, considering how their availability affected artistic production. We will go on to explore the impact of colour theory on artists, in particular, those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. During the course of each session, you will also gain an insight into the way artists have used colour to communicate ideas and emotions. The course will close with a look at modern and contemporary art and the use of modern synthetic pigments and paints. Artists whose work will be studied include Titian, Vermeer, Turner, Monet, van Gogh, Munch, Hilma af Klint, Picasso, Matisse, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Kehinde Wiley and many more. The tutor will use a range of techniques to deliver this online course including presentation, discussion and quizzes, however, as stated in the course overview, you are not expected to have any in depth knowledge of the subject prior to the course.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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