Sphere in the foreground with colours reflecting off it.
Talk
Albion Centre
6 March, 6.30 – 9pm

Unlocking the Structure of Colour

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In several important ways colour education today presents not a simplified but a fossilized version of our current understanding of colour. Factors including institutional inertia, decreasing time devoted to colour in art and design courses and the subtlety of the subject itself have limited the access of colour educators to current studies, with the result that in art and design contexts colour is routinely presented in a mid-19th century framework.

Dr David Briggs will survey the historical development of “colour theory” and show how notions like the traditional red, yellow and blue primary colours should not be simply dismissed as wrong, but should be understood as important steps on the way to our current understanding. He will then explore the current standard scientific anatomy of perceived colour, which involves not only the relatively familiar attributes of hue, lightness (tone/value) and chroma, but also the distinct, additional attributes of brightness, colourfulness, and saturation. Then in our second presentation Annamaria di Cara FDIA will take a close look at a very important alternative conceptual framework of colour, the Scandinavian Natural Colour System (NCS), which has found widespread application internationally in many areas of design.

Dr David Briggs is a Lecturer at the National Art School, Julian Ashton Art School and the University of Technology Sydney, Vice President and NSW Divisional Chair of the Colour Society of Australia, and author of the colour education website “The Dimensions of Colour”, www.huevaluechroma.com.

Annamaria di Cara FDIA has run a design consultancy service since 1994 and has been a Lecturer and Tutor at TAFE Sydney Institute, Enmore Design Centre since 2000.  She is Education Officer for the Colour Society of Australia and is the Australian representative on the Study Group on Colour Education of the International Colour Association (AIC).

Ticket price includes light refreshments from 6.30 pm, followed by talks at 7pm.

Image: Additive mixing demonstration, David Briggs 2007.