Colour, Light and Vision workshop

Next workshop: July 11 - 15, 2016, Julian Ashton Art School

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 was prepared for a version of the course tailored to National Art School students, but 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 at the National Art School.

Class Links

Zip file of slides for workshop: (10 MB, password protected)

Dimensions of Colour links:

Introduction to Munsell system:

Colour mixing paths in Munsell space:

Zones of light and shade:

Colour in light and shade:

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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