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This course is for everyone who would like to improve their ability to mix the colours they want to use in their paintings and learn some helpful techniques for composing paintings, whether they are beginners or more experienced painters.
The course will cover a wide range of topics related to the successful mixing of colours including how to lighten and darken colours, how to use complementary colours, how to paint shadows and how to mix skin tones and earth tones. It will also cover composition techniques including focal point, perspective, negative space and backgrounds, and how to use them to the greatest effect.
By the end of the course, you will have a ‘recipe book’; of colour mixes for use with all types of paint. You will have completed a wide variety of exercises on how to use colour and many helpful techniques that you can use in your own paintings. This course will help you to be more confident with using colour and with developing your own style.
Tutor: Genevieve Reed-Allen
Genny Reed-Allen has qualifications in both Fine Art and Illustration. She is an experienced painter and has also been a life drawing tutor. Genny has exhibited her work in galleries in London, Chichester and Worthing.

This course runs on a Thursday evenings 1830-2030.

You will need a set of good-quality acrylic paints, brushes and paper. A list of recommended equipment will be sent out to you before the course starts.


Suitable for all abilities

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How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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