I am so excited to take you on a journey into exploring colour! 

This course is all about understanding how colour works through basic colour theory, observing colour in the world around you and becoming confident using colour in your sketchbook and finished pieces of art.

The course is suitable for beginners (or those wanting to try out coloured materials for the first time) and contains six separate art tutorials on exploring colour in your sketchbooks taught by myself - Susan Yeates, plus additional video lessons and tips.

Video Introduction

Watch the video below as I introduce you to this course, Exploring Colour.

Why Join Me for This Colourful Course?

This course is playful, informative, inspiring, will show you some new sketching techniques, boost your creativity and fill your sketchbook (or sheets of paper) with plenty of colour!

It will guide you through a basic understanding of colour theory before then providing a series of tutorials and exercises in your sketchbook to put into practice your new knowledge.

The tutorials and exercises demonstrate how we can observe colour in the world around us, they explore and explain watercolour paints (great for beginners to this medium!), invite you to create your own colour wheel and look at colours in photographs in more detail. All six of the colour tutorials have video lessons.

By completing this course you will:
- gain a good understanding of colour theory 
- learn how to mix colour like a pro!
- produce your own colour wheel (mixed yourself!)
- understand watercolour paint and how to use it
- feel confident and comfortable with working in colour 
- have colour swatches of all your watercolour paints as a reference
- have a number of go-to exercises to play with colour
- have pages of colour filling your sketchbooks
- and just basically fall in love with using colour! 

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To explore colour with confidence

  • The colour theory course is really fun and enjoyable. It’s given me time to think and observe. Colour theory has fascinated me, but I have found it complicated at times. This course keeps everything simple, and is thought provoking.I would recommend this course. Money well spent. Thank you Susan.

    — Liz Matthews, Feb 2021
  • This course has really expanded my knowledge of color. I have lots of tutorials to repeat and to fall back on when needed. Thank you, Susan. You are an inspiring instructor!

    — Sharon Adams, Feb 2021

Why Colour?

Watch the video below as I walk about why I think you should explore colour...

Colour plays such an important part in how we express ourselves through art and the use of the right colours in combination can really lift a piece and give it additional levels of meaning. 

For some, an understanding of what colours to use together comes easy but for many this is information we need to learn to really express what we mean through our paintings and drawings successfully. It can be tricky to know what colours to use when and how to mix colours to get exactly what you want. It is so helpful to understand how to mix colours and create the result you want - especially when you only have a limited palette of paints for example. 

When you understand how colour works and how to mix colours properly you give yourself a full rainbow to play with! 

Colour is so fun and so vibrant and I want to share my love for playing with colour here in this short online course. Each exercise is designed to build upon the last and show you a new way to understand and play with colour. 

Who is This Course For?

This course is perfect for:

  • beginners to art and creativity 
  • anyone that wants a better understanding of how colour works
  • those wanting an easy-to-understand tutorial on colour theory 
  • for 30-day sketchbook challengers (whether you finished or not!)
  • those that want a little inspiration and some new art exercises
  • for anyone that wants a really exciting way to boost their understanding of colour 
  • For anyone that wants pages of colour filling their sketchbooks! 

What’s in this Short Colour Course?

This online course contains a number of video tutorials with Susan. It begins with explaining colour theory and then works through a number of creative exercises (tutorials) to help you to understand and explore colour a little more deeply. 

As soon as you enrol you gain instant access to the the entire course in the course portal.

The course portal will contain all the modules as well as a way to make comments and upload your colourful work. After you compete the course you still have access to the full course for as long as you need it - so you can return to it again and again whenever you want. 

Note: The tutorials in this course were initially delivered as part of my Inspire Membership in July 2020. This is a great example of the type of tutorials content you would receive each month as an ‘Inspiree.’ 

See below for the full table of contents...

Table of Contents

Introduction and Welcome
Let's Get to Know Each Other
Colour Theory
Basic Colour Theory
Handy Resources on Colour
Colour Tutorials
Going on a Colour Hunt
Create Your Own Colour Wheel
Watercolour Swatches
Watercolour Colour Bubbles
Sandbox Exercise
Colour Palette from a Photo
Gouache - Tints and Shades
Wrong Colour / Favourite Colour
7-Day Colour Sketching Challenge
BONUS: A 7-Day Sketchbook Challenge
Materials Review - Inktense Pencils
Book Review

Boost Your Colour Understanding
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About Your Host - Susan

My name is Susan Yeates and I am an artist, author, tutor and creative entrepreneur.

I love inspiring others to make art and to try new things - which is why I have created this short course on exploring with colour! I love colour and using it in my art but it is also just so wonderful to explore colour for the sake of it.

I have written two books on linocutting including Amazon no. 1 bestsellers, Learning Linocut (2011) and A Beginner’s Guide to Linocut (2019, Search Press.) I have also written three other art books and have one more on the way! Find out about my books here:

In 2018 I launched the annual 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge which begins on 01 January each year. I love getting new people interested in art, sketching and creativity. Find out more here:

As well as creating my own drawings and prints I love educating and sharing my knowledge - I have a number of e-courses tutoring beginners to drawing, sketching and printmaking. These include Sketching for Fun, Mindful Drawing and Doodling for Beginners, Learning Linocut and of course Exploring Colour! 

I am also a busy mama, a pottery cafe owner (Fired Frog Pottery Cafe in Woking) and reading addict.

Please do check out my Facebook Page and Instagram account as I share my own artwork and sketchbook pages here on a regular basis!

Please visit my website to find out more about me!

Materials Required for the Course

For this course you will need a selection of basic art materials. These include:

  • A sketchbook or some paper (fairly good quality e.g. mixed media or watercolour paper)
  • A pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • A rubber
  • Pens
  • Some watercolour paints (a small beginners set is fine)
  • Red, blue and yellow paint (acrylic, gouache or watercolour)
  • Access to a camera or you can use the camera on your phone (as I do!)
  • A selection of paintbrushes
  • Some water
  • Some kitchen roll or tissue paper for drying brushes
  • A photo to work on for one of the tutorials (printed or online)
  • Any other ‘colourful’ art materials such as coloured pencils, brush pens, inks and paint.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. Note: The course is released one day at a time in the course portal.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

What is a short course?

A short course with me aims to introduce and explain a certain topic in a digestible and easy to understand manner. This particular course is an extract from my Membership Group Inspire (initially delivered to the membership in July 2020). The course should be completely in a number if weeks, rather than months.

Can I start at any time?

Yes you can! As soon as you enrol you instant gain access to the whole course so you can dip in and out and start when you want.

Join me for some colouful fun
In this short online course