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Coloured Pencil Art

Coloured pencil Draw/Paint

StrawberryTulips on a hot summers dayTropical Bouqet

Unlike most other mediums which require lots of preparation and clean up after each time you work, Coloured Pencil is very clean and very portable. No mess! No fuss!
During this unit you will discover the wonderful world of colour using Coloured Pencil as the medium. You will learn all properties and techniques of coloured pencil to allow you to create wonderful realism in your artwork, rich with colour and texture to create desirable works of art.
• Getting started – Understanding the pencils, papers, and variety of materials suitable for CP.
• Putting pencil to paper – getting to know your colour pencils; the advantages and disadvantages. Lean how to apply the basic pencil strokes, use and mix colours so you’re not compelled to buy dozens of different pencils to achieve the desired colour. Experience layering, transparency, values, application and more. Using the colour wheel to help us with our choices.
• Creating texture and non-textured areas of tone by combining light, medium or heavy pressure along with either a sharp or dull tip to create textured or non-textured areas of tone. Creating the painterly look through burnishing and solvents.
• Learn a basic layering technique to combine 2 colours to subtly adjust an existing colour or create a whole new colour.
• Producing colour swatches using hues of the colour wheel.
• Learn how to use colour and value to create the illusion of form and space.
• Understanding what it means to take a colourist approach to drawings/paintings.
• Learn how to use the properties of colour, ie: hue, chroma, value and temperature along with the unique qualities of colour pencil to create complex colour passages that this medium is so well known for.
• Learn how to layer and juxtapose colours to adjust or refine colour
• Learn 3 erasing and colour lifting techniques
• Explore 2 different methods of adding texture to your drawings/paintings
• How to make a colour isolating tool
• Realistic Strawberry using all the techniques above.

Compose Original Art – for Students who have not completed Units 5 & 6 of the Complete Drawing & Painting Course (Students who have already completed these units please see below)
This unit brings together every aspect of the course. Everything you have learned comes together as a whole understanding and you learn where, why and how to position all the different elements on your canvas (or page.) This course will take you through the three major stages that can be used to help you bring a simple thought or idea into a completed artwork. This enables you to create original art that you might either consider exhibiting into competitions, selling or decorating your own home with
• An introduction to the study of Composition and the three major processes used in this unique course, to compose original art
• An example of the artistic and emotional process involved in creating an original artwork from just a simple thought
• Stage One: The Heart and Soul Stage: learning to include your little sketch book in your whole life. This little book which needs to be used long before you show up at the table to place paint on the canvas
• Learn where original ideas can come from and explore ideas for possible drawings and paintings through writing
• Create Thumbnail Sketches to help you bring your subconscious thoughts into the conscious by learning to use loose simple sketches
• Stage Two: The Planning stage; how to take an idea into a finished artwork by using the rules of composition combined with onsite sketching and other reference materials
• Ten aspects of composition to consider which can help you to create successful and balanced compositions every time
• Draw a series of rough visuals (thumbnail sketches) using the rules of composition and several different compositional structures presented
• Prepare your own reference library or ‘Treasure Chest’ to trigger your creativity. This could contain magazine clippings, holiday photographs, material samples, various objects and memorabilia gathered from opportunity shops, outings or from your everyday life experiences
• Compose a small original drawing as a rough-visual ready to paint in week five
• Experiment with three different art styles (as demonstrated in your course
notes) and research online or in art books to discover artists (either modern day or the great masters) who are using these painting styles.
• Select a colour scheme and one of the art styles you researched in week four to draw/paint your image that was created in week two; or design a new image to suit your preferred art style.

Final Project:
Produce an original artwork of your choice within the themes of either still life, landscape or an interior. The medium will be coloured pencil on paper. You may select an art style from the selection of drawing/painting styles researched in week four.
Variation for Students who have already completed the above
Classes of returning or previous students who have covered many of the aspects in the Complete Drawing & Painting Certificate Course (eg composition, colour theory etc) will not be covered again in depth. In these weeks we will continue to grow your skills with new projects particularly various textures.
. We will look at glass, and what makes glass seem transparent. Various coloured glass.
. Creating various Metals, and in particular a copper cup.