Colour exercises for beginners in the Diploma Art Education Programme, University College of Education at Winneba

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The study of colour begins by sensitizing the student to aesthetic relationship in nature through the process of practical training with the medium relating this to colour as it appears in nature. The usual approach to colour primarily based on theories and concepts is frustrating and disheartening for the beginner. Colour is the most relative medium in art and it does not appear as visually perceived. Most students are compounded with the problem of utilizing colour efficiently especially when concepts and theories in colour are not of much, help to them. Therefore an in-depth programme on how to use the pigment is broached in this essay to aid the student. Students need to perceive colour and become sensitive and be in tune with their environment. The study of colour in nature will thus help the student gradually to come to terms with colour qualities. Nature provides an awareness and appreciation, intellectual stimulation and personal involvement. It encourages sensitivity and helps to develop ideas and form. Thus, this essay introduces a series of colour exercises that will help the student learn to use the pigment and relate it to colour as it exists in nature. It also acts as a source of encouragement for the study of colour. It will develop in the student colour sensitivity to the uncountable varieties of tones in nature, thus it will play a positive role in helping students to paint. It is also hoped to provide the stepping stone for further analysis and exploration of the medium.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education, 1993