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Introduction to Colour


In this workshop we will be using gouache as an introduction to colour.  
This will include creating a colour wheel with a limited set of primary colours (yellow, cyan and magenta) to create a range of secondary colours, then the many varied colours in the tertiary range (3 colours). There is also Hue, Tint, Tone and Shade, and we will look at these terms, what they mean, and how to apply them to your work. The last two hours will be creating a still life painting utlising our knowledge of colour and how to apply it. 
Gouache is a water-based paint, and can be used in thin washes like watercolour, but can also be used thickly. Because it is opaque (in contrast to watercolour), you can go over a dark area with a lighter colour.

Participants have the opportunity to exhibit in our end of year diversARTy exhibition at Eltham Library Gallery to celebrate their achievements with friends and family.



This course workshop is held at our Eltham centre - 739 Main Road

What to bring

Tubes of paint, that contain primary yellow, magenta and cyan, white and black.
You will need watercolour paper, at least 200gsm, and a hot-pressed smooth paper would be best for starting out. You can purchase these in books, I recommend at least A4 size, but you can also buy larger sheets which can be cut into smaller pieces. 
A board probably around A3 size, so the paper can be taped flat during the painting process. 
Low tack masking tape
A water container
A large flat plate or palette for mixing paint
Some brushes, a few flat acrylic brushes, size 10, 6, 4, and a small round pointed brush for detail.
Remember to bring clothing protection as it can be a bit messy.

About the Tutor

Lisa Nolan
A former artist-in-residence at Dunmoochin, Lisa is a past participant of the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios program, and has taken part in exhibitions locally and interstate, as well as being a finalist in several art prizes. She has been teaching at the community level for several years now, and has had much success with her teaching methods. 


Concession fees

A Concession fee of around 10% off is available to holders of Health Care Cards, Pension concession cards or Veterans Gold cards. 
If you are eligible, please select the concession fee when enrolling and click "calculate discount".
You may be asked to present your Health Care card, Pension concession card or Veterans Gold card for verification when attending a course or activity.    








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