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Colour Theory Online: Part 1

Tutor: Juliet Kac
Online via Zoom
Next start date: Saturday 17 October - 8 Saturdays

Boookings are now closed. 

Enjoy learning about basic colour theory in a group setting online via Zoom.

This course will be based on 'The Color Coursebook, for art teachers and students' by Roy Osborne.  This workbook includes colour assignments based on Roy's own teaching methods. 

You will have the opportunity to work through these assignments as a group providing incentive and the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other.  Juliet will introduce each assignment and will provide feedback.  The assignments will be begun as a group but can be worked on invidiually between sessions.

There are fifteen practical assignments, using acrylics on paper plus one theoretical session.

The book will be worked through on two consecutive courses (with a break in between over Christmas), each of 8 sessions, 2 hours per session. 

You will need a copy of the book to take this course.  This can easily be purchased online.

A simple and non expensive materials list is set out below.

About the tutor - Juliet

Juliet has an M.F.A in Fine Arts (Auckland University) and a PhD on the relationship between music and painting (University of Brighton). She works as a professional portrait painter and continues to develop her abstract painting. She has many years’ experience in teaching oil painting, printmaking, life drawing and portraiture.

About Roy Osborne

Roy Osborne has extensive international and national experience of theoretical and practical art teaching and is an author of many books on colour. He was awarded the first Turner Medal of the Colour Group (G.B) and in 2019 was awarded the first Colour in Art, Design and Environment medal of the International Association of Colour (AIC). 


Click here for Colour Theory Materials List - Juliet



Materials can be purchased from ‘The Works’ or any budget art shop.


The Color Coursebook, for art teachers and students' by Roy Osborne,  £13

ISBN 978-1-71660-436-2

Available online from Lulu.com or Amazon. 

DO NOT BUY ‘Color Influencing Form’ as it is an old issue with no assignments in it.

Acrylic paints – 60mm tubes.

- Magenta (deep/medium magenta, permanent rose or Quinacridone purple)

- Red (cadmium red medium / light, scarlet or napthol red)

- Yellow (cadmium yellow medium / light or azo yellow medium or light)

- Green (emerald green, permanent green deep / medium or monastral green.

- Blue (pthalocyanine blue, monastral blue or cerulean blue NOT - ultramarine or cobalt).

- Violet (dioxazine violet or purple, prism violet or ultramarine violet)

- white ((titanium white)

- Gray optional..


1xA2 pad of white cartridge paper (150gsm weight) 20 sheets.

1x A4 pad of white cartridge paper (80gsm weight) 35 sheets

3 small sheets tracing paper A4


1 large soft FLAT brush e.g. nylon ( 3/4 inch or 2 cm)

1 small soft ROUND brush e.g. nylon ( size 4 or 5)


- 1 HB or 2B pencil,

- pencil sharpener, rubber (optional),

- ball point pen,

- cutting knife (recommended) - scissors.

- Ruler (plastic or metal 12 to 18 inches 30 – 45 cm long), compass (optional)

- 1 or more glue sticks and roll of 1 inch masking tape.

- Palette or circular plate for mixing paints. Ice cube tray for storagerecommended), jars or drinks cans for water for cleaning brushes.

- Plastic cutting mat (optional) or back of large paper pad can be used.

- Kitchen roll or paper tissues.

- Plastic sheet to protect table or work surface

- Selection of magazines and coloured paper (optional but useful)

For the first session, please read chapter one and check you have the materials required for assignment one.

If you have not received your course book before the sessions start, please contact Juliet and a copy of the first two assignments will be sent to you.