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Art Course: Colour - Shape, Sequence and Surprise

Part of Bridget Riley

Communicate with colour through paint and collage in a four-week practical course with artist Emyr Williams, drawing on the work of Bridget Riley.

Over the four sessions, abstract artist, writer and tutor Williams leads participants on an exploration of the relationship between colour and shape with a special focus on the role of sequencing.

As well as using colour in paintings and collages, participants learn about colour theory and the different theoretical models that can aid and assist with decisions about the selection and organisation of the use of colour in abstract works.

Gain an insight into the potential for the surprising connections that can be made with historical works as seen from a contemporary viewpoint, and how older art can still inspire and inform decisions that are made when working in the abstract.

Emyr Williams is an abstract painter who has exhibited in the UK, Europe and North America. His work has won awards and is held in many public, corporate and private collections worldwide.

Williams is also a highly experienced teacher who has led classes and lectured in the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia, including many courses and classes at the Royal Academy.

He was a regular contributor to Abstract Critical and has written for the RA Magazine. He currently writes for Abcrit, and has a book titled Abstract Painting and Abstraction, which features his own work over a 30-year period.

Course overview
Session 1: Applicable colour theory: exercises and decision-making

Session 2: An introduction to collage: systematic and spontaneous methods of construction

Session 3: Historical inputs, painting techniques and modification

Session 4: Conclusions and experiments: colour, space and movement

Dates & times

18 Nov 2019 - 9 Dec 2019
Approximate run time: 150 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Hayward Gallery


£90 for four-week course
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£90 for four-week course


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need to know

By purchasing a ticket you agree to be contacted by Southbank Centre on email in relation to this course.

All four sessions are included in this ticket. We strongly recommend that participants make sure they are available for all sessions of the course.

A limited number of free bursary places are available for people who would otherwise not be able to access this course due to financial circumstances. For more information and to apply please email with the name of the course in the subject. The deadline for applications is Monday 21 October 2019.

All materials are provided.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

Event information
This course is open to aspiring artists of all ages and levels of experience. A willingness to learn together is essential.

The course takes place on the following dates and times:
Mon 18 Nov, 7pm – 9.30pm
Mon 25 Nov, 7pm – 9.30pm
Mon 2 Dec, 7pm – 9.30pm
Mon 9 Dec, 7pm – 9.30pm

Participants meet in Hayward Gallery Foyer for the first session of the course. Course sessions take place in Hayward Gallery and White Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall.