Colour and abstract design for textiles and surface pattern

Course Dates: 09/05/20 - 23/05/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Louise Anderson

A creative exploration of colour and abstract design for textiles. Explore and develop your understanding of colour mixing using paper dyes to create your own abstract imagery.


What is the course about?

This course aims to inspire your creativity for textiles and surface pattern through developing creative abstract designs from still life drawing. You will explore basic colour mixing through working with paper dyes. These can give you beautifully delicate, through to bright and rich deep colours with which to work.

What will we cover?

You will develop a body of experimental drawings exploring colour mixing and various mark making techniques using paper dyes, with a little colour theory thrown in. Discovering how to mix and use paper dyes to bring your work alive, and simple yet effective ways of creating abstract designs from still life drawing. You will then explore further ways of finding endless inspiration for colour and abstract design through the use of your own photos or found images. You will have the opportunity to discuss creative ways of how to develop your abstract designs for use in any textile medium.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the basics of colour mixing and the use of paper dyes.
- Develop ways to gather colour inspiration through new exploration methods.
- Understand creative ways to develop abstract designs for textiles and surface pattern.
- Gain confidence through the opportunity to build a small body of personal work of new creative ideas, techniques and processes, providing you with the foundation to build upon this within your sketchbooks for further textile and surface pattern application.

More advanced
- Develop your creative experimentation.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels of ability from those who want to gain confidence in drawing and developing creative ideas to those more advanced who want to further their creative experimentation.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions. There will be demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a creative course with an emphasis on hands on application. There will be teaching materials such as basic information sheets provided to you as well as examples of the techniques and processes that you will be exploring. There will be discussion, support and feedback throughout the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

-Basic materials are included.
-You may wish to bring a further selection of drawing media that you personally like to work with.
-Please bring small selection of personal objects to work from for still life drawing. Consideration of these objects may include any of the following: interesting surface texture, marks, shape and/or colour.
-You will also need to bring a selection of 4-6 images which you find inspiring whether this is through colour, texture or composition. These may be your own photographs or images from books, magazines or found and printed out from the Internet.
-It would be useful to bring a simple portfolio/folder to carry your work home in.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Build offers a variety of textile related courses such as screen printing, transfer printing, heat setting techniques, Photoshop, manipulated textiles and hand stitch techniques to name a few. You could use your colour and abstract design inspiration, from the body of work created on this course, and develop it further into numerous textile works.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
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Course Code: VX306

Sat, day, 09 May - 23 May '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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