How Colour Works For Artists | John Dinan

This practical workshop took place over 4 days in February. Its aim was to take the mystery out of colour and to help artists paint with a whole new level of confidence. In simple language and through progressive painting exercises, the group learned the differences between Tone, Hue, Tint, Chroma, Shade, Permanence, Transparency and many more colour issues that cause needless confusion.  Each of the students developed a Colour Wheel, and all the key colour harmonies, and understood how easy it all is once it was clearly explained and illustrated. Painting simple landscapes in different colour schemes, the group practiced how to create different moods in their paintings and how to choose colour harmonies.

"Begin to take control of colour in your paintings at last - through a clear understanding of How Colour Works."

Suitable for all levels using Oils or Acrylics, but demonstrations on this workshop was based with Oil paints. The Beginners in the group made rapid progress in their painting, while experienced painters  developed a much deeper understanding of how to create great paintings through colour.

About John


John Dinan is a professional artist who has been teaching art for over 20 years, in Ireland, France and Italy. He is an exhibiting artist in many of Ireland’s leading galleries in both the Republic and the north of Ireland. He has exhibited in RHA, Oireachtas and many solo and group exhibitions. He is a member of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, and of the Back Lane Painters, and is a founder member of the Portmarnock Art Group.

His landscapes, portraits and still lifes are held internationally in corporate and private collections.He especially loves painting en plein air, and has run outdoor workshops and been a prize-winner at the international Art in the Open festival in Wexford.

He paints in a varied range of styles, but his work is usually recognised through good drawing, strong compositions and bright colours. His workshops always receive great feedback for the extensive tuition, complete sharing of experience and insights, helpful one-to-one advice and the encouraging atmosphere he maintains in his classes. He lives in Cross, in south Mayo, near the village of Cong where he and his wife have had an art gallery for over 12 years.

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