Colour Education Lectures by John Fewster

19 Feb 2020 – 4 Mar 2020

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£10.00 per lecture or £25.00 for all three Concession: Friends £5 per lecture.

Rye Art Gallery

England, United Kingdom

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A series of 3 lectures aiming to give a broad understanding of the mechanics of colour for those interested in the visual arts.


The lectures provide an overview of the physics of light, the biology of the eye and the psychology of perception, and how they combine to create the illusive sensation of colour.

Sessions are approximately 60-90 mins plus Q&A etc... The series of 3 presents a continuous story from historic through contemporary science of colour, leading into broader topics of colour theory and perception.

1. Colour science:
What is light? What is colour? About the spectrum, Newton etc.; The human eye, rods and cones, tristimulus, opponent process; Additive colour, primaries, electronic colour on screen; Subtractive colour, primaries, colour in print; Additive vs. Subtractive; Metamerism, colour dependency on illumination...

2. Colour theory:
Theory milestones; The colour circle, historic primaries, updated primaries, secondaries and tertiaries; Colour circle sets; Variables of colour, Hue - Chroma - Value etc.; Historic and current colour models, Munsell etc.;
3D colour spaces, RGB, CMYK, gamuts etc...

3. Colour perception:
Objects, surfaces and illumination; Colour constancy; Cognitive processes, optical
input, perception, realisation; Successive and simultaneous contrast; Colour assimilation; Optical colour mixing; Chevreul, Albers; Colour interaction, tonal illusions, flushing and fluting effects etc.; Surface qualities, texture, iridescence; Light sources; Communicating colour...

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