Colour and Light

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Colour and Light

    Teacher Information

    Black and white photo of Charles

    Charles Vinh is a master painter and illustrator who repeatedly wins high profile contracts with companies such as Visa, Canada Post, Bombardier, Sapporo, Chevrolet, Unibroue, and many others. He has also illustrated several book covers, been selected to paint official portraits for dozens of NHL all-stars, and has been a matte painter and art consultant for television and film projects. His paintings have won numerous prestigious awards and he is an amazing teacher with many years of experience.

    Course Outline

    In this course, you'll progress through a series of exercises that train your eye to detect subtle colour and light relationships. Using these methods, you can play with--and ultimately control--light and colour to create incredible, luminous, and jaw-dropping images.

    Week 1 - Quick review of colour theory basics. Colour mixing exploration and experimentation exercises. Gain essential knowledge about subtle colour relationships.

    Weeks 2-4 - Learn to control colour temperature while painting a still life under warm, directive, electric lighting.

    Weeks 5-6 - Gain a deeper understand of colour as you paint the same still life under cold, directive, electric lighting.

    Weeks 7-9 - Paint a more complex subject using multiple light sources. Learn to represent directive, diffuse, warm, and cool light interacting with different materials in the same image. Understand and work with all types of lighting situations.

    Week 10 - Weather permitting, take a field trip and practice your skills under natural light. Meet at the location one hour before for a quick landscape painting demo followed by three hours of class landscape painting.

    Schedule

    This class is NOT offered for the current semester. Please email us to be added to a waiting list for this class or join our newsletter for next semester's info.

    In the meantime, you can consult our classes page to see which classes are offered for the present semester.

    Description

    Do you ever have trouble capturing the specific type of lighting you want in your paintings? Have you ever wanted to know how to use colour like a true master painter?

    Inspired by advances in optics, the Impressionists developed a new understanding of how light affects the colour of the subject; a major advance beyond the Old Masters who painted the “local colour of the subject”.

    This studio course in oil will teach you how to "paint with light" like the Impressionists did. Using teaching methods that have stood the test of time, this course will train your eye and give you a deeper understanding of colour and light so that you can create stunning and luminous paintings.

    You will study the the most important lighting situations in the studio before taking your newly developed skills into nature for some plein air landscape painting. Emphasis will be placed on dramatic lighting, colour, composition and depth. By the end of this course you'll have the tools to be able to use light and colour to confidently capture the mood and feel of any subject.

    Pre-requisite

    Foundations of Painting or equivalent experience.

    Registration

    This class is NOT offered for the current semester. Please email us to be added to a waiting list for this class or join our newsletter for next semester's info.

    In the meantime, you can consult our classes page to see which classes are offered for the present semester.


    Info

    • Learn advanced techniques to depict colour and light developed by the Impressionists and based on the actual physics of light
    • Train your eye to see subtle differences in value, hue, and saturation to create rich and nuanced effects with light and colour
    • Understand different lighting situations and how and when to use them to create the mood and atmosphere you want in your paintings

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