Colour, Light and Vision workshop

Next workshops at the Julian Ashton Art School: 
  • Monday to Friday, September 25 - 29, 2017. 9.15 am - 3.30 pm daily. Limit: 10 students. NOTE: this is the FIRST week of the Spring holidays rather than the usual time in the second week.
  • Monday to Friday, December 18 - 22, 2017. 9.15 am - 3.30 pm daily. Limit: 10 students.
For workshops (elsewhere) in January/February 2018 please see this page:
  • Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, January 1*-5,  2018.
  • Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, January 22-26*,  2018.
  • Limit of five students per workshop for these sessions.
  • *Dates and times negotiable if the public holidays present a problem!
  • Please inquire inquire for additional sessions in late January/February.
The Colour, Light and Vision five-day workshop is an intensive program of illustrated lectures, demonstrations, and practical exercises designed to guide you through the most important aspects of colour and light in painting. The theory component (about 50%) includes coverage of the Munsell System and its application to observing and mixing colour, artist's paints and pigments, principles of colour and light, and the essentials of colour vision science for painters. The practical component includes fast, accurate colour mixing using the framework of hue, value and chroma, mixing and applying shading series, and the use of the colour test or thumbnail to establish the colour framework of a painting. 

This pdf course outline is broadly representative of the course at all venues. The workshop is offered four times a year at the Julian Ashton Art School, and at various dates privately at my studio in Clovelly.

For additional practical study students may repeat the workshop and work on a painting for the entire week, or may enrol for the term course Evening Painting and Drawing at the Julian Ashton Art School, or Oil Painting with Colour and Light and Drawing and Painting the Life Model at the National Art School.

LIMIT 10  students per session.

For more details email  or phone me on  0416 737 559

BOOK NOW online, or send in the "Holiday Enrolment Form" pdf  available here.

Class Links

Zip file of slides for workshop: (16 MB, password protected)

Dimensions of Colour links:

Introduction to Munsell system:

Other links:

"What is Colour?" webpage and video

HV/C Standard Color Atlas 20 Hues Digest

Interactive Munsell exercise

Pigment Database. Click on a colour to got to pigment information listed by pigment code.

Compilation of out-of-copyright books on painting, colour etc., available for free download:

Akiyoshi Kitaoka's optical illusion site:

Sample pictures for copying in values or colour (12 images, 10 mb):

For more images try here (click on image, then right click on image on new page and select "original" size; save):

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