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221025|25th October - 29th November 2022|Colour and Mind

Colour and Mind


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Tuesday 25th October - Tuesday 29th November 2022
6.00pm - 9.00pm
Tutor  Satta Hashem

A unique and immersive practical and theoretical course exploring colour, light and space in art with painter Satta Hashem.

Participants will explore colour theory through scientific, philosophical and artistic disciplines and learn how to analyse paintings, drawings and prints through composition, saturation, light, tone and colour. 

During the course, participants will develop a series of paintings and learn challenging techniques through collage, oil and acrylic paints.

By the end of the course, you will have learnt knowledge to apply to your practice, and have a deeper understanding of how to observe the world inside and outside of yourself.

Course Structure

Week One


  • the definition of colour
  • Colour and language - basic and derivative terms
  • Practical exercise: studying the colours of a famous artwork
  • How do we see colour / ancient colour theory (before Newton)
  • Colour theory after Newton
  • The six universal colours and their relationship to visual perception (fundamental colours)
  • Light and Dark / Black and White

Black and White

Brief history of black and white colour, explanation and commentary with pictures( 45 minutes

If the topic has inspired you, let's start colouring

* Exercises in Black and white only

 Week Two

Looking at the colour RED

  • The history of the colour red: explanation and commentary with pictures ( 45 minute)
  • Why is red a warning sign?
  • The Red vs Black
  • Theory and rules of colouring before the Renaissance
  • The theory and rules of colouring from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century

Types of red dye

If the topic has inspired you, let's start colouring

Red black and white exercises

 Week Three

Looking at the colour Yellow

  • The history of the colour yellow: explanation and commentary with pictures ( 45 minute)
  • Yellow and black warning sign with red

If the topic has inspired you, let's start colouring

Yellow, black and red exercises 

 Week Four

Looking at the colour blue

  • Why did the appearance of blue in art take forty thousand years?

Brief history of the colour blue: explanation and commentary with pictures (45 minute)

  • Blue and language in east and west
  • Why did the ancient Greeks hate blue and why did the Babylonians and Egyptians worship it?
  • Blue in today's world

If the topic has inspired you, let's start colouring

Blue and yellow exercises 

 Week Five

Looking at the colour green 

Why is green the colour of sports arenas in the world?

Brief history of the colour green: explanation and commentary with pictures

Why has green turned from a despised colour in the former world of politics to a positive political colour today?

If the topic has inspired you, let's start colouring

Exercises  in Green 

 Week Six

Revisiting previous weeks learning

Commenting on the students' artwork

Questions and Answers

Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.