Colour, drawing, and painting courses

My colour courses are of two kinds:

1. An intensive course in colour theory and practice consisting of illustrated lectures (about 50%) alternating with practical exercises leading up to painting studies. Versions of this course are Colour, Light and Vision (five-day workshop, Julian Ashton Art School and privately) and Understanding and Applying Colour (evening class, National Art School Public Programs).

2. Painting classes where the focus is on practical painting with just enough theory to get started (about 5%). These courses are Oil Painting with Colour and Light (National Art School Public Programs) and Evening Painting and Drawing (Julian Ashton Art School).

These two course types are designed to be complementary and many students who do one go on to do the other.

My life drawing classes focus on artistic anatomy and here the choice is between a structured course over five terms (one introductory and four advanced) at the Julian Ashton Art School, and short courses run over a weekend at the Julian Ashton Art School or over five days at the National Art School.

All NAS public programs courses are NESA registered for professional development of teachers in NSW.


NATIONAL ART SCHOOL, SYDNEY

National Art School public programs courses can fill quickly, and at other times can be cancelled because not enough enrollments arrive in time, so either way it's important to book as early as possible. The cutoff date is not advertised but can be several weeks before the scheduled start date.

Like all NAS Public Programs courses, these courses are NESA registered for professional development of teachers in NSW.

Understanding and Applying Colour (ONLINE)

This course of illustrated lectures, exercises and still life painting studies is a detailed introduction to modern colour theory, tailored to meet the needs of art and design teachers and practitioners. David Briggs goes beyond traditional (early 19th century) colour theory based on red, yellow and blue "primary colours" to cover 'state of the art' understanding of all the aspects of colour that are vital for artistic practice. Topics covered include: hue, lightness (tone) and chroma - a framework for describing colour and colour mixing in paints; blackness/brilliance - another aspect of colours of objects; brightness, colourfulness and saturation - the attributes of colour relating to light; psychological, additive and subtractive hue systems; and digital colour spaces - understanding the frameworks available for choosing and manipulating colour in graphics programs.

  • Mondays October 12 to November 30, 2020, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, $AUS 395. Limit 12 $395 AUS

  • Mondays October 12 to November 30, 2020, 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm, $AUS 395. Limit 12 $395 AUS

Next offered Term 1, 2021. For more information:


Oil Painting with Colour and Light (ON CAMPUS)

Learn to see past the bewildering details of your subject to gather the exact colour information you need to get your painting off to a great start! Discover how to think of colour in a way that enables you to mix the exact colour that you want confidently and directly, every time. This course in modern colour theory and its application to oil painting focuses on understanding how light and colour actually work, avoiding the confusion caused by colour myths. The approach has given great results with both beginning and advanced students.

Eight evening classes or five days, on campus at the National Art School, Sydney. "Earlybird"/ concession discount available (see NAS website for cost and enrollment details).

  • Wednesdays 6.30 - 9.00 pm, October 14 - December 2, 2020 (SOLD OUT)

  • Monday - Friday 9.30 am - 4.30 pm, January 18-22.


Anatomy for Life Drawing (ON CAPMUS)

Knowing artistic anatomy does not mean simply knowing a list of names, it means being able to visualize any part of the body, in any action, from any direction. This ability not only opens up the possibility of drawing from the imagination, it is also used continuously in drawing from life. Naturally it helps with drawing details, but even more so it helps with quick poses, enabling you to grasp the action in a few lines instead of twenty. For beginning anatomists we will focus on the skeleton first, but content is flexible for those with prior knowledge.

A five-day workshop at the National Art School, Sydney. Earlybird discount/concession available (see Summer School courses on NAS website for cost and enrollment details).

  • Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, January 11-15, 2021


MY OTHER PUBLIC COURSES AT A GLANCE (suspended during coronavirus restrictions) :

NATIONAL ART SCHOOL, SYDNEY

JULIAN ASHTON ART SCHOOL, SYDNEY

CLASSES AT MY STUDIO, CLOVELLY, NSW

ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

  • The Theory of Colour (lecture series, 2014)

Please email me if you have questions about any of these courses.

NATIONAL ART SCHOOL, SYDNEY

National Art School public programs courses can fill quickly, and at other times can be cancelled because not enough enrollments arrive in time, so either way it's important to book as early as possible. The cutoff date is not advertised but can be several weeks before the scheduled start date.

Like all NAS Public Programs courses, these courses are NESA registered for professional development of teachers in NSW.

Painting and Drawing the Life Model

Make sustained drawings and paintings from a life model that holds the same pose over several sessions. David Briggs teaches different painting strategies, ranging from painting in a planned series of layers to direct (alla prima) painting, with a strong emphasis on using colour and tone to achieve a vivid sense of light and atmosphere. Students may choose which of these strategies to apply in their own work, and David instructs students in the crucial planning stages that help to achieve this result.

Beginning students will learn the basic skills of how to handle oil paint confidently and expressively, how to analyse and paint a subject tonally, and how to mix any colour they want quickly and accurately. Continuing or advanced students will learn new ways to apply these skills to painting in full colour and whether to focus on the portrait or the whole figure as their subject.

Eight three-hour Tuesday evening classes at the National Art School, Sydney. "Earlybird"/ concession discount available (see NAS website for cost and enrollment details).

  • Returning in 2021


JULIAN ASHTON ART SCHOOL, SYDNEY

Colour, Light and Vision (five-day workshop)

Illustrated lectures , demonstrations, and practical exercises to guide you through the most important practical aspects of colour in painting, to complement the colour theory website, The Dimensions of Colour. Includes coverage of the Munsell System and its application to observing and mixing colour.

A five-day workshop at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. 9.15 am - 3.30 pm daily. $AUS 475.

  • December 16-20, 2019

LIMIT 10 students per session.

For more details email or phone me on 0416 737 559

BOOK online at the Julian Ashton Art School.

Fundamentals of Life Drawing (weekend workshop)

Weekend workshop at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, 10.00 am - 4.15 pm daily. $220. Held on the weekend immediately preceding the start of term, but not every term. Next session:

  • Saturday and Sunday October 5-6, 2019.

BOOK online at the Julian Ashton Art School.

Evening Painting and Drawing

10-week pose under controlled lighting for figure/portrait painting or extended drawing. Includes short lectures on light and colour. Foundation painting and drawing exercises provided for beginning students.

Ten evenings at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, 6.15 - 9.00 pm, now with a choice of the Monday and Thursday night poses. $AUS 380 (less with other classes in same term). Next terms begin:

  • Monday and Thursday nights beginning October 7/10, 2019

Book online at the Julian Ashton Art School.

Beginning Life Drawing

10 weeks on Saturdays 10.00 am - 12.45 pm. $AUS 380 (less with other classes in same term).

  • Ten Saturdays beginning October 12, 2019

Book online at the Julian Ashton Art School.

Essentials of Anatomy

10 weeks on Saturdays 1.30 - 4.15 pm. $AUS 380 (less with other classes in same term).

  • Ten Saturdays beginning October 12, 2019

Book online at the Julian Ashton Art School.


CLASSES AT MY STUDIO, CLOVELLY, NSW

Colour, Light and Vision (2014-17)

This is a special edition of my long-running Colour, Light and Vision workshop, specifically tailored to complement the training of National Art School students. This is a privately run course and is not affiliated with the National Art School. NAS staff, former NAS students and others with a similar background are also welcome.

Five day workshop, 10.00 am - 4.15 pm daily. $450 for whole or part of week. Maximum of five students per workshop..

  • No sessions currently scheduled. Please inquire if interested in sessions in 2019.

To inquire or book, please email, or phone on 0416 737 559.

Sunday Landscape Painting (2015)

David Briggs, Cliffs at Coogee, October 2014 (oil on canvas)

Landscape painting classes around Clovelly and Coogee on Sydney's coastline. Mostly half day (3 hour) sessions, grouped in terms of 10 weeks. $35 per individual class. Join any time.

The coast around Coogee and Clovelly was painted by many of the Australian Impressionist artists including Roberts, Conder, Streeton, Hilder and Gruner. For some superb examples of their work, all painted from sites that we visit, please see this page:

https://sites.google.com/site/djcbriggs/landscape2013

Not currently running. To express interest please email or phone me on 0416 737 559

ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, SYDNEY

The Theory of Colour (lecture series, 2014)

The idea that all colours are made from yellow, red and blue was widely accepted in science until the late nineteenth century, when it was overturned by a revolution in our understanding of colour. This new understanding not only led to modern colour printing, photography, and cinema, and eventually to digital photography, painting and rendering, it transformed our understanding of what colour is as radically as Darwin’s theory of evolution transformed our understanding of biology over the same period. These lectures will examine the nature, classification and teaching of colour from these two very different viewpoints.

  • The nature of colour (Saturday 8 November 2014, 2-3 pm)

  • The structure of colour (Saturday 15 November 2014, 2-3 pm)

  • The teaching of colour (Saturday 29 November 2014, 2-3 pm)

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/colour-theory/

The slides together with a pdf file of the notes from each lecture can be downloaded as three zip files below.

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