Colour Made Easy 1: The Colour Wheel

This is a thorough and fascinating exploration of the basics of Colour Theory. C.T. has been developed down through Art History. It can be used as a critical tool by Visual Practitioners who might have firstly intuitively sensed  that their colour compositons are not ‘working’. C.T. can then be used in a more analytical way to examine why this might be.

The workshop begins with a short introduction to the history of the Colour Wheel. It then moves from there into  examining the difference between coloured light and coloured materials or pigments, and how both relate to one another. Next is an exploration of how different hues work together when placed side-by-side together in a composition. 

Colour Theory 1 is a taught workshop, with plenty of practical examples are given from various visual fields.This grounds the theories presented in everyday usage, making them straightforward and understandable.


As part of Colour Theory, one of the most important tools that can be taken from the Colour Wheel are the basic Harmonies (also known as Colour Schemes or Chords); these are akin to learning scales on a musical instrument before the student can go on to compose their own music. As one character in the movie “Shine” said of music, “we learn the notes so that we can forget they are there”; the same goes for using colour. We must be familiar with the basic principles of the interaction of differing hues before we can bend and even break these guidelines in our own compositions.

Colour Theory 1: The Colour Wheel is a taught workshop that covers the following topics:

  • RGB vs. CMYK Colour
  • The 12-Hue Colour Wheel
  • Primary Colours
  • Secondary Colours
  • Tertiary Colours
  • Complimenary Colours
  • Colour Harmonies: Analogous, Triadic, Tetradic, Split-Complimentary Schemes
  • Alternative Colour Harmonies
  • Tints, Shades and Tone
  • Visual Colour Mixing

Participants in this workshop will be guided through these topics (as well as a few sub-topics) with plenty of discussion and question-and-answer opportunities at all times during the workshop.