Looking For Colour (rec)

Mixed Media / Abstract

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Discover a whole new world of colour through fun and experimental exercises along with exploring the art of ‘simply looking’. This class recording will stimulate and inspire your quest for colour.

interior of a room with stripes down the side, installation by Katie Schwab called a working building
A Working Building by Katie Schwab

Do you always use a favourite colour palette in your paintings? Are you reluctant to explore new colour combinations? In this webinar, artist Camilla Dixon, gives you permission to take the time to concentrate exclusively on colour, nurturing play to discover new approaches and unique colour stories.

Camilla will inspire you to ‘keep your eyes open’ whilst in your physical surroundings, collecting colours, photographing and documenting combinations and proportions of colour that resonate with you.  This is a chance to slow down and try things out without the pressure of creating a work of art – or even of finding a good colour combination.

Camilla will encourage you to focus on your personal response to colour, putting aside the science of colour theory for a few hours, and helping you find the courage to listen to one’s own instinctive response to colour by ‘simply looking’.

Through completing a series of fun exercises that encourage both chance and choice, see how you respond to different colour juxtapositions using collage, paint, and photography.

“If we agree that colour is the first thing we see, the first impression, and dominant element of our visual perception, it follows that possibly it is the most important or over-riding element of a work of art, or design”. Camilla Dixon.

‘Looking for Colour’ follows on from Camilla’s popular webinar ‘Observation and Abstraction’ in which students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their direct surroundings to find their own visual vocabulary.  (If you missed this webinar you can purchase the recording here although it is not essential that you watch this first).

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for both absolute beginners and those with more experience, looking to find ways in working with colour more intuitively, but more effectively. Loosen your approach to colour and grow confidence in observing and recording your own personal colour stories. 

What will I learn?

1. Loosen your approach to colour and find new ways of working with colour

2. Explore new ways to play with colour, to access and harness your personal colour stories

3. Increase your confidence in choosing colours

4. Take inspiration from a variety of objects and settings

5. Stimulate and inspire the quest for colour

How does an online session work?

We record the sessions so you can watch on demand, as often as you like, for up to 60 days after purchase. This way you can pause a scene, rewind and finish your painting.

You will be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world. You can also share your work live with others on social media using the #schoolofpainting and tagging us @stives painting

You can watch on a PC, laptop or tablet and if you have chromecast or miracast you could even cast to your SmartTV from your phone.

Looking For Colour (rec)

Mixed Media / Abstract

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Taught by

Camilla
Dixon

View Camilla’s Work

I find tutoring to be a constantly evolving project. It supports my creative work as it requires that I not only understand my processes but can apply them in a way that is useful to other people in their quest for creative flow. Harnessing a fluid and responsive working method, can address all sorts of practical or emotional obstacles that students face. It can be quite literally life-changing.

What to Bring

A list of materials will be available to see in your online learning account upon booking. If there are any pre-course tasks to complete before the session they can be found here too.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, laptop or a tablet with audio.

FAQs

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How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet and no webcam or microphone is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.

For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.

All the art materials and equipment needed to participate in the course will be listed in full on the online learning platform, for live webinars this will be a minimum of two weeks before the session starts.

I have registered for the webinar but I can't find my joining link

You can access all the resources and joining link for your webinar via our online learning platform. You will need to have set up an account on our online learning platform in advance. You can do this during the checkout process when purchasing your webinar. If you are having trouble accessing your online account, please contact [email protected]. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.

I paid for the session but missed it, how can I watch?

Currently all our online sessions are recorded and you can access the recording on our online learning platform until it expires. Usually 60 days for a webinar, 90 – 180 days for multipart webinars or online courses.

Studio Courses

How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

How do I get my work home?

Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.

For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.

What do I need to bring?

Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.

What do I do for lunch?

Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.

What times do courses run?

Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.

Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.


Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?

The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.

If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.

Booking a Course

Can I pay by cheque?

Please get in touch by phone and we can hold your place for a few days whilst you post your cheque (made payable to: St Ives School of Painting) to us at St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios. St Ives TR26 1NG

How can I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.

You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.

About St Ives

Where do I park?

The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon both 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at the big top car park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.

How do I get there?

Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.

Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.

Where can I stay?

St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.

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