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Colour and Composition (4wks) *DAYTIME


100_0531In this  workshop students will explore how colour works in relation to  its neighbors on the colour wheel. While creating these studies  on colour we will also explore composition and how it can work in conjunction with colour. The difference between  compositions that are  dynamic vs. static, calm vs tense and flat vs. deep  within a given image. We will paint our way through true primary, secondary and tertiary colours along with analogous and complimentary colours. Along the way we will gain some language about colour from hue, warm , cool,   tint, tone, intensity , simultaneous contrast, lustre and what each colour’s value is on the grey scale.   We will also look at Colour Theorists, Itten, Munsell,  and Goethe. This is a workshop where you may use the paint you already have to create useful colour wheels and value scales that help you further understand what your chosen palette can do.


Course outline:

Week 1: Basic colour language and painting colour wheel, Goethe triangle, grey scale, transparency vs opacity exercise . Discussion on Composition, Elements and Principals of design.

Week 2: Simultaneous Contrast   light dark contrast – exercise draw out a simple design 4 times paint each:  achromatic, monochromatic, polychromatic and no contrast

Week 3: Complimentary Contrast, theory of extension

Week 4: Lustre and Luminosity, depth through gradation


Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti

Lauren McKinley Renzetti is an artist, designer, educator, maker, and scenic painter for the film industry. She  has shown her work throughout Ontario,Brooklyn and Bulgaria. Her role as an educator, spanning over twenty-five years has taken her to Georgian College, McMaster University, Ryerson University, the Art Gallery of Hamilton,and  art Works art School. She currently works at the Art For Cancer Foundation,  LucSculpture in the east end  as well as the AGO. Her work predominantly is texture based: relief printmaking, collage,  mixed media sculpture and high relief detritus painting in acrylic. She is represented by ArtBomb, The PATCH Project and was also the artist–in-residence at Unicamp of Ontario where she facilitated large community building art projects for ten years.She is also the curator of Neighbourhood Gallery in the east end.