1/F 455 Queen's Road West, Sai Wan

Language of Color

This painting course of study has been created to give students a thorough basis for creating imagery utilizing the three major elements of visual design, with an emphasis on color and its four dynamic properties.

With practice and patience, students will learn a creative and systematic approach in which to develop a personal and unique style of creating imagery from start to finish.

Join us from July 13 to 14, 2024, 9 am to 5 pm!

First Day – July 13, 2024

  • Discussion of the four properties of color: hue, value, intensity and temperature
  • Discussion of the basic color harmonies – monochromatic, analogous, complementary and neutrals
  • Pastel exercises illustrating the four qualities in various formulaic combinations
  • Pastel exercises illustrating the basic color harmonies
  • Monochromatic hues with value & temperature changes (primarily with reds/blues)
  • Analogous colors with changes in brightness/dullness brought on by addition of complementary hues to dull down chroma as compared to primary hues
  • Complementary color exercises working with the four properties of color
  • Generate tones & shades of grey.
  • Discussion of what value (light & dark) is and its role in creating imagery
  • Charcoal exercises showing various formulaic combinations of light-medium-dark value in prescribed landscape illustrations. (9 examples in total)

Second Day – July 14, 2024 (Sun)

  • Combining previous day’s study of color and value exercises, we will utilize the three complementary harmonies placed within the landscape format to create a deeper understanding of how color and value work together to create color moods in a landscape format

  • ++ If time allows – value examples can be made to fit into analogous color and monochromatic schemes
  • Discussion of composition/form and its decisive role in creating imagery
  • Examples of the 3 major elements of composition on board
  • Students will be given color-value-composition formulas used to create landscapes and free form individual images

Course tutor

Charles Andrade

Charles Andrade paints in the colorist style that has evolved from his initial training in painting, which he studied in England at Tobias School of Art & Therapy. His paintings can be found in private collections in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Andrade owns and operates Lazure Custom Wall Designs – a mural and decorative painting business specializing in Lazure, a unique European glazing finish that creates healing interior environments.

Charles Andrade teaches fine art classes, lectures, and offers Lazure and painting workshops worldwide.

Website: lazure.com.


  • $3,200
  • Early off offer, applicable until June 23 only: $2,880 (10% off)



Each student will need to bring:

  • An apron or something to protect clothing
  • Cotton rag and facial tissue for cleaning hands and applying chalk pastel
  • 1 pad of 11×14 good drawing paper (ie: Strathmore), 20 sheets, not too flimsy, with some tooth necessary
  • 1 small box of soft chalk pastels with 12-16 colors (ie: Rembrandt, Nu Pastels or other good ones)
  • Roll of blue tape
  • Soft & hard charcoal & a kneaded eraser for value exercises