Colour theory: rethinking models

03sep3:30 pm4:45 pmColour theory: rethinking modelsWebinar for Teachers & Educators


(Thursday) 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm AEST(GMT+10:00) View in my time


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Artist and scholar Abramo Papp brings together new scientific and artistic views on colour and how it can be taught in the visual arts curriculum. Unpacking colour theory, and outlining how it needs to evolve, he presents a colour wheel for the 21st Century, one in which artists can more confidently mix shades of a hue.

Colour education in the visual arts has not changed over the past 50 years – it still maintains that red, yellow and blue are the primary colours, despite the allied industries of printing, photography and digital bringing new information to light. Colour science and technology has seen many advances over the years, allowing us to see colour, pigment, light and relationships differently.

In this webinar, you will:

– Learn what a correctly balanced colour wheel really looks like.
– See why there are only three primary colours of light or pigment.
– Understand the complementary relationship between colour as light, and colour as pigment.
– Rethink ways to teach colour in the classroom.

Colour theory: rethinking models

Thursday, September 3, 2020 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

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FAA Members and Non-Members FREE


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Abramo Papp is an artist who is passionate about changing how colour is taught to future generations of visual artists. His current PhD Thesis with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) focuses on a new theoretical framework for the understanding and application of colour within visual arts. His research is inspired by the pioneering work on colour by Merv Moriarty, founder of the Flying Arts Alliance.


After a successful career in Architecture and IT, Abramo pursued an artistic practice by attending courses and holding group exhibitions with the ‘Friday 13 Group’ at the studios of Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA). Moving to Russell Island in Southern Moreton Bay to set up his studio and hold art classes, he also trained in Transpersonal Art Therapy, exploring more deeply the ‘psyche’ of art. In 2013, when he came upon Merv Moriarty’s ‘Colour, the Definitive Guide’, it completed an understanding of colour that began with his art and architecture training in the mid 60’s and 70’s. Abramo’s practice includes running courses at the BIA on colour; oil painting and his own ‘Releasing Your Inner Artist’, which introduces the art experience for people in a more intuitive and less formal or threatening way.