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Learn to Paint with Colour (mixing acrylic colours)

If you saw my current work and I told you that I use to be afraid of colour and only worked in black and white, you wouldn’t believe me. But it’s true.

That changed when I was thrown in the deep end of colour. My first professional job required me to work exclusively with colour on footwear products for the legend brand Nike. Sink or swim! So I swam. Over a 7 year period I worked on thousands of products and eventually studied colour and trends so immersively that I became a colour expert for the company. I studied consumer response to colour, history of colour, colour forecasting and ultimately deciding how colour would be used. I oversaw multiple product categories in colour and was a representative on the exclusive global colour committee that formed seasonal colour and material trends company wide. And that was just the beginning of my love for colour.

I became obsessed with colour and it has completely led my creative work with it’s story. As an abstract painter, colour has been the one constant that continues to move me, and knowing how to mix colours and question their context is what keeps me interested.

This workshop is all about colour. As a painter my reference for colour has been invaluable. Being able to mix colour is a critical tool to the painter’s arsenal. This workshop is a 4 hour intensive understanding the colour wheel and how to build a colour palette in hues and values so that you can begin to develop a language in subtlety with depth and interest. You’ll learn the ins and outs of how to paint hundreds of combinations with 8 acrylic paint colours supplied. (Yes, you don’t have to buy the whole art shop to have interesting colours!)

The workshop is divided into 4 parts.
The first half of the workshop is learning the foundations of colour and working with the colour wheel. We then advance into more complex colours not shown in the traditional colour wheel.

After the break we look at colour exploration and build colour studies that we can use in our painting work. The last part of the workshop is understanding your advanced palette by deconstructing a current palette from inspiration you bring. (See what to bring) You will leave with a greater confidence in working with colour and you will never turn back!
(Those who have taken this workshop can join the “Advanced Colour Workshop” at the end of the year)

Arrive at Michele’s Moorabbin studio at 10:45 to get set up. We have a lot to pack in! 

What you will Learn
● Techniques for mixing the basic colour wheel
● Techniques for mix more complex colours
● Colour studies and learning to deconstruct an advanced colour palette

What you Will Get 
● A inspiring day in a light filled art studio
● Tea, coffee, light snacks with Q & A
● Materials provided to leave with paper works of a colour wheel.
● Colour studies, and a deconstructed advanced colour palette.

What to bring
Bring printed photos or a magazine tear of a colour combination that inspires you that you are terrified to make. We’ll deconstruct that inspiration  in the second half of the workshop.