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Making Colour Exhibition

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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Mixing Colours is More Than Child's Play

Do you remember art classes at school when you learn all about primary colours? You would paint in a colour wheel of red green and blue, then blend them together to see what new colours they formed. It may sound like child's play, but these simple building blocks into the colour spectrum are a lot harder to master than you think. Take that from someone who tried to get purple by mixing red and blue, but ended up with brown. Theory and practice are two entirely different things, especially if you are not a professional at the subject.

In the first time exhibition of its kind in Britain, The National Gallery is exploring the history of colour by taking you on a journey through some of the greatest works of all time. Covering the period between the Renaissance to the Impressionist movement, discover the use of colour over a seven hundred year period.

Each room will be dedicated to a specific colour, including silver and gold. You will find out the material that each colour pigment comes from, how they were manufactured, and the problems artists faced when using them.

Tickets to Making Colour is included in the admission cost, which is 8 for adults, 7 seniors, and 4 concessions. Running between the 18th June - 7th September, there are many workshops, talks, and lectures accompanying the event, starting with Paints, Painters, and Pigments. With the use of an overhead camera, James Heard will demonstrate how Italian Renaissance artists prepared paints by grinding coloured rock or clay on a slab with water and egg. Off Canvas is a family session, where you can make 3D glasses, and find out how the use of colour creates optical illusions. Then in The Emotions of Colour, you'll explore the symbolism of colours when writing poetry.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 18th June - 7th Sept
Phone: 44 (0)20 7747 2885
Where: National Gallery
Cost: 8 adult, 7 senior, 4 concessions
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