Colour Fundamentals Workshops

In conjunction with the Colour Collective, I continue to deliver Colour Fundamentals Workshops. This is essentially Colour 101 and represents a great starting point for people who would like to know more about basic colour theory and application.

For a full list of forthcoming workshops, go to my profile at Eventbrite

The Colour Fundamentals workshop provides foundational knowledge about colour theory and application. It gives participants the confidence to work with colour from an informed perspective.

In this three-hour workshop, practical exercises are blended with colour theory information. Participants gain valuable insight into the ways in which colour can be used in design and the built environment.

A detailed workbook is included and this contains templates that allows participants to explore and experiment with colour theory and colour application skills.

3 Formal CPD points for architects and designers.

The content of this workshop is linked to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Standard of Competency for Architects (2015 edition) and addresses the unit of competency of ‘Design’ and the specific elements of ‘Pre-Design’ and ‘Conceptual Design’. Performance criteria: 2.6 Preparation and analysis of project development options in response to project brief. 3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose. Learning objectives:

1) Examine and identify colour attributes, categories of colour and basic colour theory constructs including primary colour, secondary colour and tertiary colour;

2) Explore and experiment with four colour application strategies common in design and the built environment: Monochromatic colour, monotone, analogous colour and seven types of contrasting colour;

3) Build a resource that collates and illustrates colour attributes, key colour constructs, theories of contrast and four colour application strategies relevant to design and the built environment.

The content of this workshop is based on my training and expertise as a designer plus my academic research. I taught a number of similar courses in tertiary education. Specifically, I developed and delivered the TEQSA-compliant course Theories of Colour at the Faculty of Art + Design, University of NSW, see this link. I also developed and delivered two TEQSA-compliant online courses Colour Design I and Colour Design II at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney, as per this link.


“Well organised; great format for delivery with simple but informative tasks” Natalie R.

“I liked working through the exercises so we could physically experiment with what is being talked about in the workshop” Greg T.

“I enjoyed the exercises and how Zena simplified the content plus it was great to have the workbook as a reference” Sharon W.