The colour of things – Describing and expressing oneself through colour

Course on colour theory. The aim of the course is to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to express themselves in illustration through colour.
Colour influences us emotionally, psychologically and also physically.
Colour is capable of conveying harmony or tension within a scene, bringing attention to a significant detail, depicting character traits of a character, showing changes or defining the time frames of a story.
During the course we will analyse the colour choices of the great masters of the history of art and contemporary illustration; we will learn how to achieve colours with blends; we will analyse colour contrasts and learn how to achieve the right palette balance; finally, we will discover our personal colour preferences.
The course is aimed at those who would like to deepen their knowledge in the field of colour, experimenting with new and unusual combinations, inventing colour palettes capable of communicating emotions.
Each participant will be personally supervised by the teacher.
Minors from 11 years of age can also participate in the course.

Colour in picture books: analysis of original albums and plates.
Colour theory: the meaning and language of colour.
Communicating with colour: psychology and symbolism of colours.
Seeing and perceiving colours: how to overcome our preconceptions.
The constancy of colour.
Perceiving tonal values: the chiaroscuro in colour.
Colour models.
Identifying a colour, colour source, brightness, saturation.
Subjective colour: understanding one’s colour preferences.
The main colour contrasts.
Chromatic harmony and dissonance.
Colour reproduction: print, video, web.
How to create atmospheres with colour and lighting.

Important note
The recommended technique for the course (and used by the lecturer during practical demonstrations) is acrylic, but students can also work with other painting techniques.

Skills acquired in the course
Notions of psychology and colour symbolism.
Knowing how to identify colour contrasts and how to choose the most suitable one.
Knowing how to design the colour palette of an illustration.
Creating colour: how to obtain colours with mixtures.
Know how to develop an illustration with the right balance of colours.

Types of final tests
Produce a mini-series of illustrated colour plates for a story.

Illustration by Sarolta Szulyovszky

Technical artistic material is provided by the participant.

10 sheets of drawing paper, size 20 cm x 20 cm (plain white paper weighing 150-200 g)
Coloured cards, various colours, also black and grey, any size and shape (we will use them for collages)
Lightweight A4 sketch paper
A rigid support to fix the paper, also thick cardboard is fine (size approx. 30×40 cm)
Pencil, eraser, scissors, cutter, a stick, glue stick, vinavil glue
Painting board, min. 300 g, preferably with a smooth surface, any size (A4 or A3), 2-3 sheets
Acrylic colours or the colours of the preferred technique
Brushes used for the preferred painting technique, for those using acrylics: fine synthetic round-tipped brushes (size 0, 1 or 2) and a very broad, flat brush (size 12-15)
Adhesive paper tape
Water glass
Palette (or plates) for mixing colours
Hair dryer and extension cord
An apron to protect clothes
Magazines, photocopies and/or own photographs that could serve as inspiration

In addition to these materials, each participant can bring the materials they usually use for drawing and painting.

It is recommended to bring a container for water, palette (or plates) for mixing colours and something for drying.

Date Timetables
28 Aug 2023 9.30 – 18.30
29 Aug 2023 9.30 – 18.30
30 Aug 2023 9.30 – 18.30
31 Aug 2023 9.30 – 18.30
01 Sep 2023 9.30 – 18.30
02 Sep 2023 9.30 – 13.00

Location: Centro Sociale di Rugolo, Via Rugolo, 1 – 31026 Rugolo di Sarmede (TV)

Lingua: Italian

Price: 390 euro

Deadline for entering : late enrolments will be accepted dependent upon available places, maximum 20.