Colour in Fine Art
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 36.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Fine Arts
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190107_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge of the general rules and laws of colour that are basic to its practical application to the artist. Through a program of colour exercises, using a limited palette, the student will become familiar with the use of colour as one of the basic visual tools of graphic communication. While the focus of the course will encompass the rigours of colour-mixing exercises, colour theory and its terminology, equal emphasis will be placed on the intuitive response leading towards the development of the use of colour for personal and individual expression.

Program Context

Fine Arts Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is a compulsory course in the Fine Arts Certificate program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to apply basic colour theory, contrast, harmony, and expression into contemporary practice.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Recognize colour theory and its role in contemporary practices.
  2. Understand the fundamental rules and laws of colour.
  3. Apply the basic rules of colour to visual presentations.
  4. Utilize acrylic paint to create colour impressions through your own work.
  5. Create paintings utilizing hue, value, and formal colour principles.
  6. Complete paintings utilizing Morandi style chromatic greys
  7. Paint a self-portrait utilizing skills acquired.
  8. Differentiate between analogue and digital colour.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 In-Class Exercises70.0%
 Final Project20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredSuppliesOther materials may be required. The instructor will discuss throughout class. MATERIALS REQUIRED: Brushes (a variety of acrylic brushes - 2, 4, 8); Canvas Boards (9"x12"; 12"x16"; 16"x20" - 10 will be required throughout class); Water container and rags (old clothing cut to size is appropriate); water spray; sketchbook or notebook for class notes / colour wheel; other miscellaneous materials such as pencils, pens, masking tape, glue, scissors, cards; Palette (medium sized 12x18 inches) smooth surface with wax paper covering and palette pad or white enamel surface; palette knife; Paint Acrylic Medium Semi-Gloss Colours include cadmium red (cadmium light and alizarin crimson); cadmium yellow (yellow ochre, lemon yellow, cadmium light); ultramarine (cobalt and cerulean); titanium white; burnt umber (a very dark brown); options of burnt sienna and raw sienna for additional colours; black mars.

Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

Module 1 - Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Material list and suppliers (discussion of quality, brands, etc)
  • Review of syllabus, expectations, and critique procedures

Module 2 - History of Colour and Colour Theory

  • Value scale and colour wheel
  • Contrast of value
  • Light / dark contrast
  • Colour Achromatic (forms and lights)
  • In-Class Exercise #1

Module 3 - Working with Primaries

  • Monochromatic Colour Scale and using a limited palette
  • Munsell Colour System
  • In-Class Exercise #2

Module 4 - Pigment Properties (Transparency, Staining, and Tinting Strength)

  • Colour temperature 
  • Old Masters Styles
  • In-Class Exercise #3

Module 5 - Working With Secondaries

  • Neutral colour 
  • Complimentary Contrast
  • Triadic Colour Scheme
  • In-Class Exercise #4

Module 6 - Split Complimentary Colour Scheme

  • Tetrad Colour Schemes
  • RGB vs. CMYK
  • In-Class Exercise #5

Module 7 - Theories of Colour Contrasts

  • M.E. Chevreul, J.Itten, J. Albers theories
  • Optical Illusion
  • After Image and Simultaneous Contrast
  • Impressionists and Simultaneous Contrast
  • In-Class Exercise #6

Module 8 - Colour Effects 

  • Colour distribution in space
  • Colour Proportion / Colour Intensity
  • Goethe's Colour Theory
  • In-Class Exercise #7
  • Quiz - Terminology 

Module 9 - Historic Palettes

  • Discussing the palettes of famous painters 
  • Broken Colour / Pointillism / Optical Mixing
  • Painting on Different Grounds
  • In-Class Exercise #8

Module 10 - Final Assignment and Studio Time

  • Colour as a Concept
  • Changing Perception
  • Personal Preference Palette
  • Mood Palette

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