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Art Theory, History & Professional Practice

This course is included in the fees for Sydney Art School Certificate and Diploma Students.   Other students may attend by paying a small additional fee on enrolment (limit of 10 places available for non-qualification students).

This course gives you foundation information applicable to being an artist.   A range of topics will be explored and discussed covering the theoritical, practical and historical information that you need to become a better artist.

Overview of this Art Class

This will be an informative and wide ranging course covering art theory, history, professional practice, safety and sustainabilty.  Each week new topics and ideas will be introduced with pracitical information as well as guidance on where to go for more information and self directed study.

Studios Dates Times

Studio Session TypeStudioDayStart
Next Course
No of
History, Theory and Professional PracticeHornsbyTuesday3.00 pm5.00pm4$90Colour Theory Lecture Series
History, Theory and Professional PracticeHornsbyTuesday3.00 pm5.00pm23 Jul 20198Various$180Includes Colour Theory Series

Course Information

In this course you will research, analyse, and discuss historical and contemporary topics and explore how these can be integrated into your own art work.

Topics covered will include;

Term Main Topics Covered
Term 1

Guest Lecturer - Colour Theory Lecture & Workshop Series -Jean Pretorius 

Exhibition Concepts 1

Marketing Your Art

Term 2

Guest Lecturer - Topic TBA

Safety & Sustainability

Art Movements & Famous Artists

Term 3 

Guest Lecturer - Topic TBA

Exhibition Concepts 2

Using Social Media to Market Your Art

Term 4 

Guest Lecturer - Topic TBA

 Material Characterstics & Selection

Developing Your Professional Practice


Colour Theory Lecture Series: Beyond “Red, Yellow, Blue”

In this series of 4 workshops, students will be introduced to a modern understanding of
colour and its application to their art practice. Topics covered will include:

  • How we perceive colour; psychophysical primaries and complements; simultaneous contrast.
  • Additive, subtractive and paint primaries; replacing incorrect information on the
    “traditional primaries” of “Red, Yellow and Blue”.
  • Moving beyond colour wheels: colour spaces (e.g. Munsell and NCS).
  • Exploring Munsell colour space in more detail & learning how to manage hue, value and chroma.
  • Matching target colours with paint, using Reilly’s approach.
  • How to produce convincing 3D effects by correct colour shading.

Each workshop will be split roughly 50-50 between theory and practice - students will
produce their own visual reminders of the workshop content to keep for later reference.

Prof Margaret Livingstone: https://livingstone.hms.harvard.edu/vision-and-art
Dr David Briggs: https://www.huevaluechroma.com
Bruce MacEvoy: https://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/wcolor.html
Golden Paintmixer: https://www.goldenpaints.com/mixer

About Guest Lecturer Jean Pretorius

Jean is the President of the Colour Society of Australia. He is a Sydney-based realist artist with a particular interest in 2D and 3D portraiture. Jean also holds a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from Cambridge University(UK)