Colour, Composition and Value

A six week painting course with award winning artist Erin Raedeke

Masterclass: 15th February 7.00pm

Course: February 22nd – March 29th 2021 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Erin Raedeke – Laundry, oil on board.

When we begin a painting we have to start somewhere. Visual conversation starters include an awareness of shape, proportion and value and each artist will have their preferred ‘way in’. If you look at the works of Erin Raedeke you will see that she has an exceptional sense of colour and the arrangement of hues and values come first when she is making a work. Along with being a brilliant painter she has warmth and charm that makes learning from her a breeze. She is based near Washington DC in the USA and will take the class using Zoom, a now proven and effective channel for learning.

  • Learn the secrets of mixing the colours you see
  • Work with oil paint
  • Develop strategies for building colour harmony
  • Explore composition
  • Establish a home studio practice
  • Gest going as a painter

What will we do?

Over six weeks Erin will introduce the colour palette and colour theory and how they work with your composition as you paint a series of still life subjects. By the end of the course you will have enough information and stimulation to continue painting under your own steam.

Who is this for?

A painting course is always easier if you can draw a little. That said the broad scope of this painting course makes it suitable for beginners who want to start painting or more experienced painters who would like to learn more about colour and composition from a sophisticated artist like Erin.

What do you need?

A place to work where you can clearly see the screen of your computer. An easel of some kind, good lighting and basic oil painting kit, you can see a standard setup here

Self portrait of Erin looking intense… she’s actually very smiley!

About Erin Raedeke

Erin received her BFA from Indiana University in 2000 and her MFA from American University in 2009.  She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia, among others, and has participated in numerous group shows, including the BP Portrait Award exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London.  Raedeke has been a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2013 and 2016. She has given artist lectures at universities and colleges in California, Illinois, Arkansas, Maine, Florida and Virginia.  She has taught numerous workshops around the area and has been an instructor at the Washington Studio School for the past three years. You can see more of Erin’s work on her website here And there is an interview with her on the Painting Perceptions blog here

What students say about Erin

Here is a testimonial from a recent student:

“Hi Erin, I am missing the class already and wanted to thank you for everything. Your demos were very, very helpful. I learned a lot from mixing and the use of all your special colors besides the traditional palette. A great lesson in Color.

Also when you commented each work you made emphasis on composition details and aspects that enhance the painting. Also, you brought awareness of cools/warms and lightest/darkest that were been better internalized by me. The same as finding important negative spaces.

It was an added benefit to learn to prepare surfaces. Something I’ll do in the future.

A new aspect of working remote has been the setting of our own still lives, something always done by the instructor. Your recommendations were very helpful. I tell you a secret: I started preparing the new set up a day before the class and kept changing elements the whole day (creating some mess in the house). I think I have improved doing it.

It is encouraging all your comments on my work. Thank you!”



The course costs £225 for six evenings

Registration & Payment

You can secure your place on the course by completing the booking process below and paying the £50 deposit or full course amount.

You can also book for her free 1 hour masterclass on the 15th February