COLOUR RELATIONSHIP  - creating colours that sing!
SPACE BENALLA ART GALLERY - Materials supplied
Bookings: gallery@benalla.vic.gov.au - 03 5760 2619
This is the most considered and most discussed aspect of colour; does this colour go with that colour? Do you like this colour relationship? Is it OK to put this colour in this particular palette?
A colour on its own is something we hardly ever experience and as adjacent colours affect the colours we are looking at, relationship is key to the successful use of colour. This is so in any art or design project
The link: colour mixing, colour relationship and the colour wheel & plotter.

We recommend participants watch the Moriarty COLOUR Wheel & Mixing Plotter video - Call Senior Art Supplies 03 9783 6044 to purchase.

DAY ONE: Introduction and COLOUR exercises
11.15AM - 4.00PM - Sunday 8th October 2017
Fee: $110

DAY TWO: Put your studies into practice 'let your colours sing'
10.00AM - 4.00PM - Monday 9th October 2017
Fee: $125



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Upcoming 2017 Workshops:

Merv Moriarty Accredited Colour Workshops delivered in Brisbane by Abramo Papp.

Mastering Colour with Abramo Papp - 9 Week Short Course

This course is for the beginners and experienced artists who want to develop to upgrade their knowledge of colour and mixing using the primaries of Magenta, Cyan and Yellow. In this course, you will update your knowledge of colour and accurately plot the paints you already own on your own colour wheel based on the ‘Moriarty COLOUR Plotter’, essential in being able to mix any desired target colour using at most 3 tube pigments plus white. With this basic knowledge, students will extend their understanding of colour and colour perception in creating harmonious colour compositions. Over the 9 weeks, students will learn how to use the Moriarty Colour Plotter (required) to plot colour harmonies from the natural environment; use these colour harmonies to create alternative colour compositions using different hues; and using the phenomena of colour perception to increase the apparent purity or brilliance of colour using simultaneous contrast, broken colour and glazes based on Merv Moriarty’s, ‘COLOUR the definitive guide’. 

Materials:
‘Moriarty Colour Wheel and Mixing Plotter’: available for purchase at or prior to the workshop from Abramo Papp ($30).  Paints: experienced artists - bring whatever paints you are currently using. Absolute beginners without any paints can use in-class acrylic paints before deciding which colours to buy.  Bring along one A3 sheet: Canvas Paper (for Oils and Acrylics) or Cartridge Paper (for gouache) or Water Colour paper for water colours. Brushes and palette knives for small studies, flat taklon brushes are best. Other materials include: container for water or solvent for rinsing brushes; paint rags; A5 or A4 visual diary for making notes and studies

Dates: Tuesday mornings - 25th April - 21st June 2017 - 9.30am - 12.30pm (9 weeks)

Venue: Brisbane Institute of Art, 41 Grafton Street, Windsor. Phone (07) 3857 537

Fees: $495.00

Bookings: http://brisart.org/index.php/short-courses/autumn-short-courses-2014/mastering-colour-tuesday-am-detail

Colour Mixing Skills with Abramo Papp - 2 Days

This course is for beginners and experienced artists who want to upgrade their knowledge of colour and mixing using the primaries of Magenta, Cyan and Yellow. Colour wheels for artists and designers traditionally have Red, Yellow and Blue as the primaries of colour, but as the printing industry has found, that is not quite accurate enough to mix ALL the colours we see and NEED. In this course you will update your knowledge of colour and accurately plot the paints you already own on your own colour wheel based on the ‘Moriarty COLOUR Plotter’, essential in being able to mix any desired target colour using at most 3 tube pigments plus white.
This has been a very informative and useful course for colour skills development. Margot, July 2016.


Materials:
‘Moriarty Colour Wheel and Mixing Plotter’: available for purchase at or prior to the workshop from Abramo Papp ($30).  Paints: experienced artists - bring whatever paints you are currently using. Absolute beginners without any paints can use in-class acrylic paints before deciding which colours to buy.  Bring along one A3 sheet: Canvas Paper (for Oils and Acrylics) or Cartridge Paper (for gouache) or Water Colour paper for water colours. Brushes and palette knives for small studies, flat taklon brushes are best. Other materials include: container for water or solvent for rinsing brushes; paint rags; A5 or A4 visual diary for making notes and studies

Dates: Saturday and Sunday - 6th & 7th May 2017 - 9.30am - 4.00pm (2 days)

Venue: Brisbane Institute of Art, 41 Grafton Street, Windsor. Phone (07) 3857 537

Fees: $275.00

Bookings: http://brisart.org/index.php/short-courses/weekend-workshops/colour-mixing-skills-6-7-may-detail

Advance Colour Skills with Abramo Papp - 2 Days

This course follows on from the 2 day Colour Mixing Skills or Colour Mixing Revisited from past semesters. The workshop extends the use of the ‘Moriarty COLOUR Plotter’ in being able to create a range of alternative harmonious colour compositions. Over the weekend, students will learn how to plot colour harmonies from the natural environment; use these colour harmonies to create alternative colour compositions using different hues; and using the phenomena of colour perception to increase the apparent purity or brilliance of colour using underpainting, simultaneous contrast, broken colour and glazes based on Merv Moriarty’s, ‘COLOUR the definitive guide’. 

Materials:
‘Moriarty Colour Wheel and Mixing Plotter’: available for purchase at or prior to the workshop from Abramo Papp ($30).  Paints: experienced artists - bring whatever paints you are currently using. Absolute beginners without any paints can use in-class acrylic paints before deciding which colours to buy.  Bring along one A3 sheet: Canvas Paper (for Oils and Acrylics) or Cartridge Paper (for gouache) or Water Colour paper for water colours. Brushes and palette knives for small studies, flat taklon brushes are best. Other materials include: container for water or solvent for rinsing brushes; paint rags; A5 or A4 visual diary for making notes and studies


Dates: Saturday & Sunday - 20th and 21st May 2017 - 9.30am - 4.00pm (2 days)
           
Venue: Brisbane Institute of Art, 41 Grafton Street, Windsor. Phone (07) 3857 537

Fees: $275.00

Bookings: http://brisart.org/index.php/short-courses/weekend-workshops/advanced-colour-skills-20-21-may-detail



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Dates:

 Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th & Monday 13th February 2017

Venue:
 1476 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot NSW 2550
Fees:   $525 - Early bird offer $450 if booked before 14th January 2017
 
 
 
 

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COLOUR Workshop
WALLAGOOT

BOOK ONLINE now or call Merv on 02 6494 1033

APPLY NOW: MERV MORIARTY COLOUR MASTERCLASS

Facilitated by Merv Moriarty

Join the artisit behind COLOUR: Mervyn Moriarty, A Retrospective Exhibition an in-depth class on advanced colour theory. Participants’ own works will provide the basis of discussion around colour and will offer a starting point for colour studies and ‘colour stories’ to be developed in class. Participants will seek to reach improvements in aspects of colour relationship.

Participants will learn about:

 - Hue dominance and variation                                                                                - Colour for story-telling and to define emotion
- Pitch between colours and seeking perfect pitch                                                      - Undercoats and top-coats to make your colours 'sing' 
- Tonal blance and considering the most suitable tone-key                                          - Colour tools - the plotter and colour wheel 
- Use of light and luminosity

Time: Sunday 9th October 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Venue: Sculpture Studio, Level 1, QCA Galleries - 27 Logan Rd ,Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102

Cost: $85 ($80 for Flying Arts members)

Participants to bring: Examples or photographs of your work. Also bring paints (acrylics preferred) and brushes that you are familiar with using.

TO APPLY: http://flyingarts.org.au/whats-on/merv-moriarty-masterclass/

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merv moriarty
Art Course at Wallagoot 2016

covering drawing & design, colour & painting.

Classes in drawing, draftsmanship, colour, design and painting for artists, designers and art students

This is for 2 ½ hours from 10 am to 12.30 pm with a tea/coffee break at 11 am.  It will be a fully programmed course, covering all subjects essential to artists and art students.  Sadly, these subjects and skill development practices are often overlooked or ignored by college and private art teachers in favor of trends.  Or in the worst cases copying photographs. 

These classes will follow a program that will be equal to a best-practice art college course with regard to skills and understanding of principles.  It is a mistake to think that doing lots of drawing, from the nude for instance, with no tuition from an accomplished teacher of drawing will significantly improve your drawing skill.  There will be some small improvement over time but nothing compared with the striking progress good and experienced training can achieve.

Dates

Commencing Tuesday 14& 21 June 2016; 10.00am – 12.30pm

To be confirmed Thursday 28 June & 7 July

Fees: $25.00 per session

Note; If a model is required, costs will be shared.

Bookings:  Please call Merv on (02) 6494 1033
 

Unit one – Drawing and Design

Program

Day one:

I am not going to ask you to sit down and start drawing from the subject.  Why?  Because no change would take place in your ability to draw well and if you did this every week for a year your drawings would not have improved noticeably.  Instead I am going to encourage you and assist you to take a mind and skill development journey that will dramatically improve your drawings and everyone will be able to see the benefits of it.

  • The World out there in front of us is flat.
  • The Eye’s Mind: how does it work, that is, how does the mind behind the eye create our visual experience?  Once we have an idea of how the mind has constructed our vision, how can we use this knowledge to draw more convincingly?
  • What skills do we need? 
  • Skill developing exercises using available subjects.
  • The Silhouette: its importance and difficulties
  • Identifying the skills required; Now that we have identified the skills required, let us go about developing those skills.

Now:

How do we direct any practice we do so that it is potently effective?

What is Straight Line Analysis?

It is one of a number of drawing exercises I have developed that will dramatically improve your drawing skills when practiced. 

Day two

Visual Energy

Unit one continues; Straight and Curved Line Analysis;

Drawing day three

Straight line analysis and the landscape;

With the landscape again: using straight and curved line analyses effectively with regard to the structural potential of the subject.

Body language; The Language of structure and form; Tone Pattern;

Day three - Dates to be confirmed

Unit Two – The Human Image from Life; Perspective - hands and feet

Drawing Day four

Unit Two continues  - Head

Colour & PaintingDates to be announced


Past 2016 Workshops:

COLOUR WORKSHOP PROGRAM 2016
For Art and Design teachers, students and artists

 Instructor: Merv Moriarty

COLOUR – a one-day accredited workshop
ONLY 3 PLACES LEFT
 

Accreditation: Accreditation through Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW

Australian Standards:    2.1.2, 3.4.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2, 4.4.2

NSW Standards:           1.2.3, 3.2.4, 6.2.4, 7.2.4, 5.2.7

Dates:  Friday 29 April 2016

Venue: Derivan Studio (4/23 Leeds St Rhodes NSW)

Fees: $165  Early Bird: $150 if booked by Saturday 30 March 2016

Bookings: Phone Merv on (02) 6494 1033

Materials: supplied by Derivan including Matisse Structure Acrylics, paper, brushes, palettes.

This workshop will focus on providing participants with a sound understanding of colour (theory) that is scientifically accurate and up to date.

We need a balanced over-view of colour that is also flexible enough to be applicable to varying individual needs.

We will discuss mediums and demonstrate how to use modern acrylics to advantage when creating great colour works.

For more information go to www.mervmoriarty.com

COLOUR – a two-day accredited workshop – advanced level

Accreditation: Accreditation through Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW

Australian Standards:    2.1.2, 3.4.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2, 4.4.2

NSW Standards:           1.2.3, 3.2.4, 6.2.4, 7.2.4, 5.2.7

Dates:  10.00am-4.00pm, Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 May 2016

Venue: Derivan Studio (4/23 Leeds St Rhodes NSW)

Fees: $330 Early Bird: $300 if booked by Saturday 30 March 2016

Materials: supplied by Derivan including Matisse Structure Acrylics, paper, brushes, palettes.

Bookings: Phone Merv on (02) 6494 1033

COLOUR AT WARRAGUL - a two-day workshop
Understanding the nature and potential of colour. Discovering what colour is. Using this understanding through painting. Looking at how aspects of colour interconnect in a single state of unity.

Dates: 9.00am – 4.00pm Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 May 2016

Venue: Annex Warragul Art Centre (Corner of Smith and Warragul Street, Warragul, VIC)

Fees: $330 Early Bird $300 if booked before Monday 11 April 2016

Materials: List on application

Bookings: Phone Merv on (02) 64941033
 


COLOUR - a two-day accredited advanced level workshop SYDNEY

This workshop follows on from 29 April or is suitable for those who have already attended a Merv Moriarty COLOUR Workshop, or studied Merv’s text: COLOUR  - the definitive guide. In these two days we will put our understanding of colour to work, doing exercises that solve ever-present design problems.

Dates:  Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May 2016
Venue:
 Derivan Studio - 4/23 Leeds Street, Rhodes NSW
Fees:   $330 - Early bird $300 if booked by 30th March 2016
   

To book call Merv on (02) 6494 1033
 

COLOUR - a two-day workshop WARRAGUL

Dates: Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 May 2016
Venue: Annex Warragul Art Centre - Corner of Smith and Warragul Street, Warragul VIC
Price: $330 - Early bird offer $300 if booked by 15 April 2016

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To book call Merv on (02) 6494 1033
 

Past 2015 Workshops:

2 Day Workshop: Colour & Acrylics
BRISBANE

Dates: Sat 31st Oct & Sun 1st Nov 2015
Venue: Brisbane Painting Classes
15 Nariel Street, Albion, Brisbane, QLD.
Fees: $330
 
 
 
 

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Dates: Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th February, 2015 - 10am to 4pm
Venue: Merv’s studio 1476 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot, NSW
Fees: $875.00 - Early bird special: book before 10th January, 2015 and pay only $775
 
 

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About the 5 Day Workshop:

Artists, designers, art teachers - this workshop will introduce or reconnect you to Merv’s well tested principles, practice and philosophy. From drawing, design and colour skills to completing a work - whether abstract or realist - you will be inspired by Merv, with over 50 years of teaching experience there are few teaching art today that have his depth of knowledge. This is not about portraiture, but about the human image as a subject. This five day workshop focuses on consolidating the relationship between the drawing/design structure and the colour design/relationship. Attendees will need capable drawing and painting skills. The workshop is not limited to any particular style of painting or materials. A model will be available.

DAY ONE:
Understanding the essential nature of colour, drawing attention to the intriguing relationship between colour as light and colour as pigment and how this affects colour relationship. Colour mixing using the Moriarty Colour Mixing System which allows you to mix any impure colour using a wide range of alternative colours. This same system allows you to better plot paths between colours that are more likely to be visually cooperative.

Colour relationship - all possible colours seen in relationship to each other in one single conceptual space. This allows you to see that colour relationship is not about the colours themselves, but about the interval between them. Understand what colour interval is and how it is so important to your artistic use of colour.

DAY TWO:
Drawing and design. Edge, line and silhouette, straight line analysis. Straight and curved line analysis. Underlying shape and structure of positive and negative areas. Tone pattern. Coordinating the above into the picture area.

DAYS THREE TO FIVE:
Putting it all together. Explore the coming together of drawing, spatial design and colour relationship skills. The things we will cover are as pertinent to realism as to abstraction at any level. The length of this workshop is aimed primarily to achieve a more developed work. Giving more time to explore all the things that contribute to the success of a painting based on the figure.


Past 2014 Workshops:

2 Day Workshop: COLOUR & DESIGN - Your Vision

Dates: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
Venue:  Melbourne: venue to be advised 
Fees: $385.00 - Early bird special: book before October 27th and pay only $355
 
 

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Next: 2 Day Design & Colour - your vision
Next: 2 Day Design & Colour - the human image

2 Day Design & Colour - your vision

Dates: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
Venue: Brisbane Painting Classes, Albion, Brisbane QLD
Fees: $385.00 - Early bird special: book and pay before September 10th and pay only $355
 

2 Day Design & Colour - the human image

Dates: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
Venue: Brisbane Painting Classes, Albion, Brisbane QLD
Fees: $385.00 - Early bird special: book and pay before September 10th and pay only $355
 

All 4 Days Design & Colour - your vision & the human image

Dates: Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
Venue: Brisbane Painting Classes, Albion, Brisbane QLD
Fees: $695.00 - Early bird special: book and pay before September 10th and pay only $642
 

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2 Day COLOUR Intensive Workshop

Dates: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
Venue: Senior Art Supplies, 1310 Malvern Road, Malvern, VIC 3144
Fees: $375.00 - Early bird special: book before April 11th and pay only $345
 
 

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COLOUR Intensive Workshop Details:

This workshop is suitable for new and experienced artists; no drawing or painting ability is required. All colour exercises use a simple format or colour sketches.

In these workshops I do not simply lecture on colour theory, although some lecture and demonstration time is essential to cover and explain fundamental principles of colour.

The greatest learning experience realised in these workshops comes about as an active hands on discovery that you will share with the other participants. Much of what you learn about colour will come from guided research into the important things about colour that you individually and the group collectively will undertake.

Workshop Outline:

  1. What is colour? The source of colour.
  2. Colour as light. Why is it important to understand colour as light?
  3. Colour as pigment.
  4. Essential information about how our colour vision system works & how this affects the artist or designer using colour.
  5. How can we describe a colour (defining the basic variables of colour - the basic language of colour).
  6. Working with paint: how does pigment work? How/why does cyan & yellow make green? A clear, consistent and reliable colour mixing system. Many ways to the same colour.
  7. Is there some way we can put the basics of colour into a system that allows us to understand the nature of colour relationship? Yes – here is such a system.
  8. Thinking in light and mixing colour in pigment.
  9. Complementary colours & their relevance to the artist/designer.
  10. Personal colour choice.
  11. Simultaneous contrast – the light maker.
  12. Introduction to colour interval.

Here we use flowering plant material as the first step toward understanding interval in colour. This links with the second stage of understanding colour in the COLOUR Advanced workshop where we step into the enchanting and challenging world of colour relationship and universally right colour combination.


Dates: Wed 12th, Thurs 13th, Fri 14th, Sat 15th & Sun 16th February 2014
Venue: Wallagoot Lake, Tathra NSW
Fees: Days 1 & 2 = $350.00 - Early bird special: book before January 10th and pay only $300
  Days 3 to 5 = $525.00 - Early bird special: book before January 10th and pay only $475
  All 5 Days = $875.00 - Early bird special: book before January 10th and pay only $775

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Summer School 2014 - drawing • design • colour - putting it all together

Details:

Join Merv Moriarty by gorgeous Wallagoot Lake for his Summer school: drawing - design - colour - putting it all together

These series of workshops allow you to choose the days you wish to attend: day 1 colour, day 2 design, or days 3 to 5 the coming together of drawing, design and colour skills; or all five days!

DAY ONE - understanding colour

  • Understanding the essential nature of colour, drawing attention to the intriguing relationship between colour as light and colour as pigment and how this affects colour relationship.
  • Colour mixing using the Moriarty Colour Mixing System, which allows you to mix any impure colour using a wide range of alternative colours. This same system allows you to better plot paths between colours that are more likely to be visually cooperative.
  • Colour relationship - all possible colours seen in relationship to each other in one single conceptual space. This allows us to see that colour relationship is not about the colours themselves, but entirely about the interval between them. Come to understand what colour interval is and how it is so important to your artistic use of colour.

DAY TWO - drawing and design

  • Edge, line and silhouette
  • Straight line analysis
  • Straight and curved line analysis
  • Underlying shape and structure of positive and negative areas
  • Tone pattern
  • Coordinating the above into the picture area

DAYS THREE TO FIVE - putting it all together

  • Explore the coming together of drawing, spatial design and colour relationship skills.
  • The things we will cover are as pertinent to realism as to abstraction at any level.
  • Work into the evening by Wallagoot Lake, considering the light and range of colours. Bring along your own picnic.
  • Aiming for a finished work.

Essential for attending days 3 to 5: participants will have attended Day One, a previous COLOUR workshop with Merv or have an understanding of colour mixing principles beyond a dependence on recipes or particular pigments to get any colour achievable with pigment, or have read COLOUR the definitive guide by Merv Moriarty. Participants will have attended Day Two drawing workshop with Merv Moriarty or have read Merv’s book The Eye’s Mind – the artist and the draftsman, or have developed their drawing skills well beyond a basic level.

There is plenty of accommodation in the area and we can assist with pick up/drop offs. The workshop dates have been especially chosen to coincide with the full moon which will be Saturday 15th - doesn't an evening by the lake painting, with a picnic then watching the moon come up sound divine!


Past 2013 Workshops:

2 Day COLOUR Intensive - SOLD OUT & 2 Day COLOUR Advanced - 3 places left Workshops

    INTENSIVE SOLD OUT  
    Dates: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
    Venue: Brisbane Painting Classes - 15 Nariel Street, Albion, QUEENSLAND
    Fees: $375.00 - Early bird special: book before October 7th and pay only $345


 

    ADVANCED Only for participants who have attended a previous COLOUR workshop with Merv Moriarty
    Dates: Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th November, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
    Venue: Brisbane Painting Classes - 15 Nariel Street, Albion, QUEENSLAND
    Fees: $375.00 - Early bird special: book before October 7th and pay only $345

COLOUR Intensive Workshop Details:

This workshop is suitable for new and experienced artists; no drawing or painting ability is required. All colour exercises use a simple format or colour sketches.

In these workshops I do not simply lecture on colour theory, although some lecture and demonstration time is essential to cover and explain fundamental principles of colour.

The greatest learning experience realised in these workshops comes about as an active hands on discovery that you will share with the other participants. Much of what you learn about colour will come from guided research into the important things about colour that you individually and the group collectively will undertake.

Workshop Outline:

  1. What is colour? The source of colour.
  2. Colour as light. Why is it important to understand colour as light?
  3. Colour as pigment.
  4. Essential information about how our colour vision system works & how this affects the artist or designer using colour.
  5. How can we describe a colour (defining the basic variables of colour - the basic language of colour).
  6. Working with paint: how does pigment work? How/why does cyan & yellow make green? A clear, consistent and reliable colour mixing system. Many ways to the same colour.
  7. Is there some way we can put the basics of colour into a system that allows us to understand the nature of colour relationship? Yes – here is such a system.
  8. Thinking in light and mixing colour in pigment.
  9. Complementary colours & their relevance to the artist/designer.
  10. Personal colour choice.
  11. Simultaneous contrast – the light maker.
  12. Introduction to colour interval.

Here we use flowering plant material as the first step toward understanding interval in colour. This links with the second stage of understanding colour in the COLOUR Advanced workshop where we step into the enchanting and challenging world of colour relationship and universally right colour combination.

 

 

COLOUR Advanced Workshop Details:

This workshop is suitable for those who have previously attended a colour workshop with Merv Moriarty.

We will be applying the principles covered in the COLOUR Intensive workshop in a practical situation.

Addressing colour regardless of style or approach: we will also address colour relationship, interval, perfect pitch; looking at the main structure of colour then colour interrelationship to support your initial intention.

Seeking and achieving perfect balance: colour interval & linkage. Perfect intervals equal ‘right colour’ combinations.

Participants may bring along objects: cloth, ceramic, flowers, fruit, things you like the colour connection of. We will set up a still life & develop the potential of that colour relationship.

Workshop Outline:

This workshop follows on from the COLOUR intensive workshop.

Essential: to attend this workshop, participants must have attended a COLOUR workshop with Merv previously. Also, they must understand colour mixing principals very well - preferably with using the plotter system.

  1. Going beyond colour mixing issues, seeing the connection between a good understanding of colour mixing, pigment choice, how to predict colour relationship & how this evolves into colour interval & colour relationship.
  2. Colour mixing principles using the Plotter (advanced use of the Plotter).
  3. Bringing various colour techniques together in the pursuit of perfect colour balance & perfect pitch between colours.
  4. Using basic principles to solve colour problems in practical situations.
  5. Understanding these principles and applying them to any type of colour combination in any medium.
  6. Opacity and transparency of pigment.
  7. Optical blending of colour and broken colour.
  8. Colour and emotions - are our reactions to particular combinations universal?
  9. Participants to bring pieces of flowering plant (include leaf & stem) which we will use purely as a colour study in an abstract form.
  10. Analysis of colour in Nature - an understanding of good relationship of colour.
  11. Colour interval - the only way to understand colour relationship.
  12. The importance of interval as a way of understanding colour relationship - interval and linkage.
  13. Working from a subject, participants should bring along simple objects (ceramics, fruit, fabric) to be set up as a still life - the focus will be on colour, not form or painting.

If you wish to bring some of your work it along there may be time for Merv to look at it.

 


2 Day COLOUR - Understanding Colour Relationships and Your Subject Workshop

Dates: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
Venue: Living and Learning Centre, 739 Main Road, Eltham VICTORIA
Fees: $375.00 - Early bird special: book before September 21st and pay only $345

Details:

UNDERSTANDING COLOUR

  • Extracting the essential information from the subject using a clear colour language.

COLOUR AS LIGHT, COLOUR AS PIGMENT

  • Important for understanding & control.

IDENTIFYING COLOUR

  • Using the reference colour wheel, colour cylinder & the three variables: Hue, Tone & Purity.

COLOUR MIXING

  • The right approach to colour mixing opens the door to great understanding of colour. (Most artists’ approach to mixing colour is limited & does not connect with colour relationship).

FINDING THE COLOUR RELATIONSHIP STRUCTURE IN YOUR SUBJECT

  • The colour relationship that is present in nature & in the work of all great colourists.

PERFECT PITCH

  • Using tools that Merv has developed from over 40 years teaching colour.
  • Giving you instant access to colour relationship - normally many years of searching.

COLOUR INTERVAL

  • Why ‘right’ colour relationships are universal.

SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST

  • An essential element for creating light & colour.
  • Together with colour interval you can make your colours sing in perfect pitch.
  • Planning your colour story.

2 Day COLOUR Intensive Workshop

Dates: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
Venue: Bowral & District Arts Society (BDAS), 1 Short Street, Bowral NSW
Fees: BDAS MEMBERS: $375.00 - Early bird special: book before August 19th and pay only $345
NON-BDAS MEMBERS: $385.00 - Early bird special: book before August 19th and pay only $355

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Details:

This workshop is suitable for new and experienced artists; no drawing or painting ability is required. All colour exercises use a simple format or colour sketches.

In these workshops I do not simply lecture on colour theory, although some lecture and demonstration time is essential to cover and explain fundamental principles of colour.

By far the greater learning experience realised in these workshops comes about as an active hands on discovery that you will share with the other participants. Much of what you learn about colour will come from guided research into the important things about colour that you individually and the group collectively will undertake.

Workshop Outline:

  1. WHAT IS COLOUR
  2. THE SOURCE OF COLOUR
  3. HOW CAN WE DESCRIBE A COLOUR (DEFINING THE BASIC VARIABLES OF COLOUR)
  4. COLOURS CAN BE GROUPED ACCORDING TO A PARTICULAR CHARACTERISTIC (VARIABLE THAT THEY SHARE)
  5. COLOUR AS LIGHT
  6. COLOUR AS PIGMENT
  7. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND COLOUR AS LIGHT?
  8. HOW/WHY DOES CYAN & YELLOW MAKE GREEN
  9. ESSENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT HOW OUR COLOUR VISION SYSTEM WORKS & HOW THIS AFFECTS THE ARTIST OR DESIGNER USING COLOUR
  10. IS THERE SOME WAY WE CAN PUT THE BASICS OF COLOUR INTO A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS US TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF COLOUR RELATIONSHIP
  11. HOW DOES PIGMENT WORK
  12. OPACITY & TRANSPARENCY OF PIGMENT
  13. THINKING IN LIGHT AND MIXING COLOUR IN PIGMENT
  14. COLOUR MIXING PRINCIPLES
  15. COMPLEMENTRY COLOURS & THEIR RELEVANCE TO THE ARTIST/ DESIGNER
  16. PERSONAL COLOUR CHOICE
  17. SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST – THE LIGHT MAKER
  18. OPTICAL BLENDING OF COLOUR & BROKEN COLOUR
  19. ANALYSIS OF COLOUR IN NATURE – SEEKING AN UNDERSTANDING OF GOOD RELATIONSHIP OF COLOUR
  20. COLOUR INTERVAL – THE ONLY WAY TO UNDER STAND COLOUR RELATIONSHIP
  21. COLOUR & EMOTIONS – ARE OUR REACTIONS TO PARTICULAR COMBINATIONS UNIVERSAL?
  22. THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERVAL AS A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING COLOUR RELATIONSHIP

 

2 Day COLOUR - Understanding Colour Relationships and Your Subject Workshop

    Dates: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
    Venue: Brisbane Painting Classes - 15 Nariel Street, Albion, QUEENSLAND
    Fees: $375.00 - Early bird special: book before June 21st and pay only $345

 

 

Details:

UNDERSTANDING COLOUR

  • Extracting the essential information from the subject using a clear colour language.

COLOUR AS LIGHT, COLOUR AS PIGMENT

  • Important for understanding & control.

IDENTIFYING COLOUR

  • Using the reference colour wheel, colour cylinder & the three variables: Hue, Tone & Purity.

COLOUR MIXING

  • The right approach to colour mixing opens the door to great understanding of colour. (Most artists’ approach to mixing colour is limited & does not connect with colour relationship).

FINDING THE COLOUR RELATIONSHIP STRUCTURE IN YOUR SUBJECT

  • The colour relationship that is present in nature & in the work of all great colourists.

PERFECT PITCH

  • Using tools that Merv has developed from over 40 years teaching colour.
  • Giving you instant access to colour relationship - normally many years of searching.

COLOUR INTERVAL

  • Why ‘right’ colour relationships are universal.

SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST

  • An essential element for creating light & colour.
  • Together with colour interval you can make your colours sing in perfect pitch.
  • Planning your colour story.

 

2 Day COLOUR IN THE LANDSCAPE Workshop

 

    Dates: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
    Venue: Studio at Waratah Lodge, Walkerville Road, Fish Creek VICTORIA
    Fees: $375.00

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This landscape workshop is not about imitating nature, rather using your understanding of colour interval to explore the beauty and power of nature in your own work.

We recommend you pre-purchase the Moriarty COLOUR Mixing System, as an introduction to the workshop, if you have not attended one of Merv’s Colour Workshops or purchased his book, COLOUR - the definitive guide.

Accommodation available at Waratah LodgeParticipants contact Waratah Lodge directly by phone or email as Waratah Lodge are offering significant (ie., approx 40% off) rates for Art Workshop participants on the accommodation in support of it and the Tea Cosy Festival.
 

2 Day COLOUR Workshop
    Dates: Senior Art Supplies Studio, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
    Venue: 1310 Malvern Road, Malvern VICTORIA
    Fees: $375.00

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About the COLOUR WORKSHOP: The intensive two day COLOUR workshop introduces you to Merv Moriarty’s innovative COLOUR Mixing System, which very quickly gives you the ability to get exactly the colour you want. From there you are taken through a series of exercises where you will discover more about the nature of colour and how to use it effectively. Starting with Colour Identification using the HTP system: will enable you to identify a colour in a meaningful and accurate way.

Colour Interval and Linkage: is a principle of colour relationship that enables you to put colours in perfect pitch, connecting colours to work as a whole, giving the artist control and “rightness” with their colour choice. The workshop is suitable for artists, designers, photographers, new students and as a refresher.

About Merv Moriarty: Merv Moriarty’s influence on art in Australia has been profound. His vision in starting EASTAUS, the flying art school in 1971, is legendary and his influence on many artists continues to this day. Moriarty, also a professional artist, has for over forty years combined philosophy with technical discipline and research to be one of the most highly respected art educators in the country.
 
Outline of the COLOUR WORKSHOP
  1. WHAT IS COLOUR?
  2. THE SOURCE OF COLOUR
  3. HOW CAN WE DESCRIBE A COLOUR (DEFINING THE BASIC VARIABLES OF COLOUR)
  4. COLOURS CAN BE GROUPED ACCORDING TO A PARTICULAR CHARACTERISTIC (VARIABLE THAT THEY SHARE)
  5. COLOUR AS LIGHT
  6. COLOUR AS PIGMENT
  7. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND COLOUR AS LIGHT?
  8. HOW/WHY DOES CYAN & YELLOW MAKE GREEN
  9. ESSENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT HOW OUR COLOUR VISION SYSTEM WORKS & HOW THIS AFFECTS THE ARTIST OR DESIGNER USING COLOUR
  10. IS THERE SOME WAY WE CAN PUT THE BASICS OF COLOUR INTO A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS US TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF COLOUR RELATIONSHIP
  11. HOW DOES PIGMENT WORK
  12. OPACITY & TRANSPARENCY OF PIGMENT
  13. THINKING IN LIGHT AND MIXING COLOUR IN PIGMENT
  14. COLOUR MIXING PRINCIPLES
  15. COMPLEMENTARY COLOURS & THEIR RELEVANCE TO THE ARTIST/DESIGNER
  16. PERSONAL COLOUR CHOICE
  17. SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST – THE LIGHT MAKER
  18. OPTICAL BLENDING OF COLOUR & BROKEN COLOUR
  19. ANALYSIS OF COLOUR IN NATURE – SEEKING AN UNDERSTANDING OF GOOD RELATIONSHIP OF COLOUR - TOWARD PERFECT PITCH
  20. COLOUR INTERVAL – THE ONLY WAY TO UNDERSTAND COLOUR RELATIONSHIP
  21. COLOUR & EMOTIONS – ARE OUR REACTIONS TO PARTICULAR COMBINATIONS UNIVERSAL?
  22. THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERVAL AS A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING COLOUR RELATIONSHIP

 


2 Day COLOUR IN THE LANDSCAPE Workshop
    Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
    Venue: Studio at "Many Swans" 1478 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot NSW
    Fees: $345.00

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Putting all you have learnt into practical application. The COLOUR IN THE LANDSCAPE Workshop is only suitable for those who have attended a Moriarty COLOUR Workshop or read COLOUR - the definitive guide.
 

2 Day COLOUR Workshop
    Dates: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January, 2013 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
    Venue: Studio at "Many Swans" 1478 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot NSW
    Fees: $345.00
Details:
Merv Moriarty provides everyone interested in and working in colour with the intellectual and practical tools to develop their skills. If you work or are interested in: art, painting, draftsmanship, textiles, design, interior design and color, don’t miss this opportunity! Merv's work with thousands of students, and his own discoveries as an artist and art educator, have resulted in his theories, proving that “right color” is objective, not subjective.

This two day work shop will empower you with the knowledge required to create colour combinations that connect and are in perfect pitch.

Hand made books, DVD and products available for purchase online and at the workshop.

About the COLOUR WORKSHOP:
This colour workshop has developed over a long period of time. It came out of a need to question the value and validity of the colour theories that were around in the 1950s & 60s, which themselves came out of the research of some eminent scientists about the turn of 19th to the 20th century. I was teaching part time at the University of Queensland – St Lucia, Brisbane and also ran a private art school at this time and was able to work with a group of enthusiastic and committed students on the relevance of colour theory to the practice of using colour in art and design.

This period of research and questioning established a basic framework for understanding colour. I have continued to develop this research at a practical and theoretical level since then, particularly with students of the flying art school, which I established in 1971. The large body of students who attended the flying art school workshops made it possible to explore and measure consistencies in responses to particular colour combinations.

Quite recently, the COLOUR WORKSHOP that I have conducted on countless occasions has shifted to a new level in response to the work I have done developing the principles of colour interval and linkage, which are covered in great detail in the latter stages of the book: COLOUR - the definitive guide and the accompanying fold out HTP COLOUR Guide.

The response to the new form of this workshop has been outstandingly good.

Over the past ten to fifteen years, working on a computer, it has become possible to reach new insights and explore new thought on the relationship between colour in nature and intelligence in its most abstract form. In recent workshops the HTP COLOUR Guide has proven time and again to be a valuable tool for accurate colour matching, colour pitch and colour-ways for both artists and designers. Participants have been amazed at how simply they are able to identify the relationship between colours in nature. This can then be applied to their own work using any dominant colour they chose.

This COLOUR WORKSHOP allows you as participant to discover for yourself the secrets and magic of colour relationship and how and why we humans respond to it, and how it functions in nature.

Hope to see you there,

Merv
 

Past 2012 Workshops:
2 Day COLOUR Workshop
    Dates: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October, 2012 from 10am to 4pm. BYO Lunch.
    Venue: Art Shed, Brisbane.
    Fees: $375.00
Details:
Merv Moriarty provides everyone interested in and working in colour with the intellectual and practical tools to develop their skills. If you work or are interested in: art, painting, draftsmanship, textiles, design, interior design and color, don’t miss this opportunity! Merv's work with thousands of students, and his own discoveries as an artist and art educator, have resulted in his theories, proving that “right color” is objective, not subjective.

This two day work shop will empower you with the knowledge required to create colour combinations that connect and are in perfect pitch.

Hand made books, DVD and products available for purchase online and at the workshop.

About the COLOUR WORKSHOP:
This colour workshop has developed over a long period of time. It came out of a need to question the value and validity of the colour theories that were around in the 1950s & 60s, which themselves came out of the research of some eminent scientists about the turn of 19th to the 20th century. I was teaching part time at the University of Queensland – St Lucia, Brisbane and also ran a private art school at this time and was able to work with a group of enthusiastic and committed students on the relevance of colour theory to the practice of using colour in art and design.

This period of research and questioning established a basic framework for understanding colour. I have continued to develop this research at a practical and theoretical level since then, particularly with students of the flying art school, which I established in 1971. The large body of students who attended the flying art school workshops made it possible to explore and measure consistencies in responses to particular colour combinations.

Quite recently, the COLOUR WORKSHOP that I have conducted on countless occasions has shifted to a new level in response to the work I have done developing the principles of colour interval and linkage, which are covered in great detail in the latter stages of the book: COLOUR - the definitive guide and the accompanying fold out HTP COLOUR Guide.

The response to the new form of this workshop has been outstandingly good.

Over the past ten to fifteen years, working on a computer, it has become possible to reach new insights and explore new thought on the relationship between colour in nature and intelligence in its most abstract form. In recent workshops the HTP COLOUR Guide has proven time and again to be a valuable tool for accurate colour matching, colour pitch and colour-ways for both artists and designers. Participants have been amazed at how simply they are able to identify the relationship between colours in nature. This can then be applied to their own work using any dominant colour they chose.

This COLOUR WORKSHOP allows you as participant to discover for yourself the secrets and magic of colour relationship and how and why we humans respond to it, and how it functions in nature.

Hope to see you there,

Merv
 

COLOUR WORKSHOP
    Dates: Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd of February 2012. From 10am to 4pm.
    Venue: 16 Mona Vale Road Terrey Hills NSW 2084 (near Pymble Station).
    Fees: $520.00 (Early Bird Special if paid before 24th January, 2012 = $470.00)
About the COLOUR WORKSHOP: This colour workshop has developed over a long period of time. It came out of a need to question the value and validity of the colour theories that were around in the 1950s & 60s, which themselves came out of the research of some eminent scientists about the turn of 19th to the 20th century. I was teaching part time at the University of Queensland – St Lucia, Brisbane and also ran a private art school at this time and was able to work with a group of enthusiastic and committed students on the relevance of colour theory to the practice of using colour in art and design.

This period of research and questioning established a basic framework for understanding colour. I have continued to develop this research at a practical and theoretical level since then, particularly with students of the flying art school, which I established in 1971. The large body of students who attended the flying art school workshops made it possible to explore and measure consistencies in responses to particular colour combinations.

Quite recently, the COLOUR WORKSHOP that I have conducted on countless occasions has shifted to a new level in response to the work I have done developing the principles of colour interval and linkage, which are covered in great detail in the latter stages of the book: COLOUR - the definitive guide and the accompanying fold out HPT COLOUR GUIDE.

The response to the new form of this workshop has been outstandingly good.

Over the past ten to fifteen years, working on a computer, it has become possible to reach new insights and explore new thought on the relationship between colour in nature and intelligence in its most abstract form. In recent workshops the HTP Colour Guide Foldout has proven time and again to be a valuable tool for accurate colour matching, colour pitch and colour-ways for both artists and designers. Participants have been amazed at how simply they are able to identify the relationship between colours in nature. This can then be applied to their own work using any dominant colour they chose.

This COLOUR WORKSHOP allows you as participant to discover for yourself the secrets and magic of colour relationship and how and why we humans respond to it, and how it functions in nature.

Hope to see you there,

Merv

Please BYO lunch.

Accommodation is available close by at Checkers Resort and Conference Centre.

Tutor: Merv Moriarty


Merv Moriarty has all his life, been and remains, a practicing artist, exhibiting in major galleries in most Australian capital cities. With an intense interest in colour as a profound visual language he has written extensively on this subject. Merv’s work is represented in major public collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW and the Queensland Art Gallery. As a teacher in art, colour and design, Merv has worked in colleges and universities, and in private art schools.

In the early nineteen seventies he founded the “Flying Art School” now “Flying Arts” and the Brisbane Institute of Art, both of which still operate as major art education and facilitation bodies.

Author of COLOUR - the definitive guide and The Eye’s Mind - the artist and the draftsman both published by Artist Education.

“Only God knows more about colour than Mervyn Moriarty,” Australian photographer Gordon Undy.

While many systems have been devised for working with colour in painting, printing and in computers, and are adequate as tool boxes, none bring the insights revealed in Merv’s new book Colour – the definitive guide and in Merv’s colour workshops.

Moriarty has developed a system of analysing colour combinations that goes beyond Munsell’s classic colour cylinder. This innovative system allows designers, artists and photographers to use colour in perfect pitch and harmony.

Moriarty has developed his original ideas and template for colour innovation through research, experience and insight based on forty years working as an art educator, art philosopher and artist.

Moriarty says COLOUR - the definitive guide goes beyond anything that’s been done before and makes huge changes to the way we are able to think about colour as designers and artists, including graphic and web designers, textile artists, interior designers and photographers.

Many enthusiastic responses come in after each workshop.
“I recently attended one of Merv’s Colour workshops and I can highly recommend attending one to any artist wanting to experience colour in a way not experienced before. Merv’s new ‘Colour System’ is a paradigm shift and I cannot wait to get my copy of his colour tool found his new book…”
Beverly Spiller 

“I want you to know how much I enjoyed the workshop. For four days I was spellbound…”
Trish Loughran

“Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge of colour at the recent workshop. Your lessons challenged me and have profoundly enhanced by understanding of what I see when viewing the world, particularly when observing colour intervals. Everything has a new intensity about it, and I’m excited to try and capture that in my own art.”
Tamara Joukoff 

“Over the years I have been surprised at just how many artists whom I have met who at one time or another have been exposed to and inspired by Moriarty’s teachings. A valuable and alternative voice in the Australian art education scene.” 
Sasha Grishin, art critic and author

Please contact us to register your interest in attending this workshop or if you have any special requirements or any questions regarding the workshop, accommodation, etc.
 
Past 2011 Workshops:
Master Class Workshop
Dates:        Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October, 2011.
Venue:       "Many Swans", 1478 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot NSW
Times:        10am to 4pm each day.
Fees:          $500.00, or "early bird" $460.00 if payment received by 19th September, 2011.
Master Class Workshop: The workshop is designed for experienced artists and those who have done a Colour or Landscape in Colour workshop.

As always, the emphasis is on principals of design and colour as applied to the subject. The subject will be set, the choice of materials and approach is yours.

As many artists wish to explore alternative techniques, I shall assist with this; and depending on interest we could cover: oils, glazing, pastels, tempera and charcoal drawing.

I hope to see you there,

Merv

Morning and afternoon tea provided. Please BYO lunch.

Tutor: Merv Moriarty

Merv Moriarty has all his life, been and remains, a practicing artist, exhibiting in major galleries in most Australian capital cities. With an intense interest in colour as a profound visual language he has written extensively on this subject. Merv’s work is represented in major public collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW and the Queensland Art Gallery. As a teacher in art, colour and design, Merv has worked in colleges and universities, and in private art schools.

In the early nineteen seventies he founded the “Flying Art School” now “Flying Arts” and the Brisbane Institute of Art, both of which still operate as major art education and facilitation bodies.

Author of The Eye’s Mind - the artist and the draftsman published by Artist Education and author of COLOUR - the definitive guide soon to be published in hard copy.

What people say about Merv Moriarty
I want to write and let you know what a great learning experience I had at your workshop. You have expanded my understanding of colour enormously! It was just fabulous and I think you are a great teacher Merv and a genius!
Joanne Scarsbrick

Certainly if I had had the benefit of such wonderful and sensitive tuition at the age of twenty or so the course of my life would have changed - I would have painted for life. As it is you have given me such confidence in an area that used to be so mysterious and daunting that what once were dreams and possibilities are now realities for me.
Gordon Undy.

Thanks for this life changing workshop and our new eyes.
Robyn Bonfield.

Thank you for bringing such colour into my life.
Gerry Graham

This is just a little note to let you know how much I appreciate all your insight into the artistic world I see out my window and within my heart.
Stephanie Fitzsimons, Cooma

I had always thought colour was beautiful but it was a bit of a mystery to me and my choice of colour combinations was rather hit and miss. Merv Moriarty’s colour workshop was a revelation to me. Not only did it provide me with an understanding of where colour came from but it provided me with the necessary tools to use in my art work. I can highly recommend this course to any artist.
Sue Chancellor

No artist or teacher of Art should miss any of Mervyn’s workshops on any aspect of Art. His classes are Master Classes. These are very rare in Australia. His recent workshops on Colour not only provided knowledge from years of research into the work of past scientists, theorists and artists, along with his own painting experience, but added the dimension that today’s technology has opened up in our understanding of the fascinating phenomena of Colour. As with any Master, he leads you to doorways to worlds that are exciting, mysterious and awe-inspiring.
Wendy Allen

Please contact us to register your interest in attending this workshop or if you have any special requirements or any questions regarding the workshop, accommodation, etc.

Queensland Workshop: Landscape in Colour
Dates:       August 29th, 30th, 31st & September 1st , 2011
Venue:      Coochiemudlo island: Shared accommodation at "Coolbyngga" Beach House
                Public transport available- from the airport take the bus to Victoria Point, Redland Bay.
                Catch the Coochiemudlo Ferry, then a short walk to the Beach House.

                Go to: www.familybeachhouse.net to have a look at the accommodation online.
Fees:         Four day workshop $500.00
               
Early bird discount if paid in full by June 30th, 2011 $460.00
                Accommodation will be approximately $145 PP for 5 nights (to be confirmed with attendance numbers)
Landscape workshop first stage: this stage of the workshop is about working in the field with colour. The main aims will be to discover how to look at the landscape in such a way as to find the structure and design potential it has for you - in both form and colour. You will be searching for the form and colour elements that you can extract from the subject and putting this down on paper using the colour medium you prefer. Gouache, acrylics, pastels and oil colour are all suitable.

Landscape workshop second stage:
will be about developing the ideas you put down in rough form the first stage of the workshop. There will be an emphasis on using Merv’s new colour system which allows you to have your colours come together in perfect and exciting pitch. Concluding with a finished painting.

Morning and afternoon tea provided.

On the first occasion that we ran this workshop:
Stage one we started off looking at the landscape - using straight-line analysis exercises to see the structure and awaken the eye to the design potential there in the landscape. Once we had the main structure of the landscape down on paper we started looking at the colour story we wanted to bring out – taken from the colours we could see there in nature. I found it so freeing to learn that I didn’t have to copy exactly what I saw. I could decide on the dominant colour, choose the essential colours, then push and pull the colour relationships to express the emotion that I wanted to create within the art-work.

Grabbing the colour story in quick exercises really opened my eyes to colour and the shifts in the shadows - this brought my eye in to the colours and the general sense of the colour story, which I was able to develop later into something more harmonious and more resonant. Being able to make considered choices about what colours look right and work – Merv’s colour interval system makes understanding colour relationship and colour interaction a whole new and exciting experience.

For me as a beginner, it was so valuable to learn the right way from the beginning and to know how to apply a tonal undercoat and learn about the depth that this gives the finished painting. I found it challenging and rewarding and it stirred me to want do so much more.

Rose Constable


Tutor: Merv Moriarty
Merv Moriarty has all his life, been and remains, a practicing artist, exhibiting in major galleries in most Australian capital cities. With an intense interest in colour as a profound visual language he has written extensively on this subject. Merv’s work is represented in major public collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW and the Queensland Art Gallery. As a teacher in art, colour and design, Merv has worked in colleges and universities, and in private art schools.

In the early nineteen seventies he founded the “Flying Art School” now “Flying Arts” and the Brisbane Institute of Art, both of which still operate as major art education and facilitation bodies.

Author of The Eye’s Mind - the artist and the draftsman published by Artist Education and author of Colour the definitive guide soon to be published in hard copy.

Please contact us to register your interest in attending this workshop or if you have any special requirements or any questions regarding the workshop, accommodation, etc.
 
Colour Workshop
Dates:       Saturday 14th and Sunday 14th of March, 2011 and then Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May, 2011
Venue:      
"Many Swans", 1478 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot NSW
Times:       
10am to 4pm each day
Fees:         
Four day workshop over two consecutive weekends $480.00
                 
Early bird discount paid in full by Friday 22nd April, 2011 $440.00
Brief summary of colour workshop structure: No drawing or painting ability is required for this workshop. All colour exercises use a simple diagrammatic format and even when we use a subject such as a flowering plant, only bands or squares are used to record the colours.

I have carried out and continued to develop colour workshops, such as this, on countless occasions over the last thirty years or so. In these workshops I do not simply lecture on colour theory, although some lecture and demonstration time is essential to cover and explain fundamental principles of colour. These explanations and demonstrations of essential principles are spread out over the four days, but by far the greater learning experience realized in these workshops comes about as a living, hands on, discovery that you will share with all the other participants in the workshop. You will also be an active participant, because much of what you will learn about colour will come from guided research into the important things about colour that you individually, and the group collectively, will undertake.

First morning: introduction and welcome: followed by an exercise where you will consider the first questions you might want to ask about colour.

How do we define a colour? This will be followed by your first opportunity to let me know what it is that you particularly want to know about colour. I will make a point of addressing all questions that come up in this initial exercise.

First afternoon: Colour mixing: we need to cover this early in the: workshop to enable everyone to be able to mix any colour they can either see or imagine so that all other issues covered in the workshop are physically within everyone’s reach. This is a single scientifically valid principle that covers the results that we get from combinations of colours as pigments and dyes. The principles that I will show you do not depend on particular pigments and they are valid in all mediums.

Second morning: Time to apply the lessons from the previous day in a practical colour mixing and matching exercise and to clear up any point not fully understood by all.

Second afternoon: Here we will again use colour mixing skills to find colours from within your imagination and at the same time confront the notion of colour relationship; we will also question the significance of your personal preferences. This exercise may only occupy the first part of the afternoon in which case we will continue the afternoon with the exercise to follow.

Second afternoon - later: colour and emotion, an exercise that will allow you to discover for yourself through the joint efforts of the group, the simple laws governing certain combinations of colour and our emotions. This is not a predetermined set of combinations or a formula; you will see how it works through the results of participants in the group. Some of the work we have already done on the first morning will be critical to what you can learn from this exercise.

Third morning: Here I will cover the all-important principle of simultaneous contrast. During the day we will return to colour mixing and interconnect simultaneous contrast with colour mixing. Interconnecting simultaneous contrast with the way you mix colours is most important, because all colours we see in a design or painting are affected by this principle.

Third afternoon - early: Unity and contrast. 

Third afternoon - late: By this time in a workshop it becomes difficult to set a predetermined plan of activities because each workshop that I conduct is to some extent unique; it is a living activity that is influenced by members of the group. I will therefore set out below, the essential points to be covered in the remainder of the workshop. Any spare time after these things are covered can be used to cover anything that might be important to individuals or the group at large.

Remaining principles to be covered: understanding colour interval and linkage - explanation of the way I use these terms to define colour relationship precisely; followed by an exacting study and analysis of the colours of flowering plants which, when the results are compared with other colour combinations, becomes an insight into a most important principle of colour relationship.

This workshop is for everyone who uses colour.

The Flying Artist: During the seventies and early eighties Merv Moriarty was known as the flying artist.

In the early nineteen seventies Merv gained his pilots license and founded the “Eastaus Art School” and flew a light aircraft to bring contemporary art practice and theory to people in isolated and remote centers throughout Queensland and Northern NSW. He visited each centre four times a year and supplied all students with an extensive art course, which he wrote during the early years of this unique school.

This school developed over the years taking on extra teachers including pottery tutors as a major part of it’s program. The school later became a non profit organization and changed its name to the Australian Flying Art School; it is now “Flying Arts”. The Brisbane part of the school, always a major part of its platform, later became the Brisbane Institute of Art.

Both Flying Arts and the Brisbane Institute of Art still operate as major art education and facilitation bodies.

Further Details about this workshop: This workshop does not require any specific pigments. If you are a practicing artist, the colours you usually use will be OK provided they cover a sufficiently wide range of the color wheel.

Most students do this workshop with from six to ten gouache colours, plus white, using a small to medium acid free cartridge paper sketch-book with two to four brushes from small to medium. A notebook is very valuable as well as some jars or tins for water and some old clean cotton cloths.

However, a list of materials will be sent to each student as they enroll. We can supply materials if required.

Tutor: Merv Moriarty

Merv has all his life, been a practicing artist, exhibiting in major galleries in most Australian capital cities. With an intense interest in colour as a profound visual language he has written extensively on this subject. Merv’s work is represented in major public collections, including The Art Gallery of NSW and the Queensland Art Gallery. As a teacher in art, colour and design, Merv has worked in colleges and universities, and in private art schools.

Please contact us to register your interest in attending this workshop or if you have any special requirements or any questions regarding the workshop, accommodation, etc.

Landscape with the emphasis on Colour
    Dates: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of March, 2011 and then Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of April, 2011
    Venue: "Many Swans", 1478 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot NSW
    Times: 10am to 4pm each day
    Fees: Single two day workshop $200.00
  Workshops one and two combined (4 days) $385.00
Early bird discount paid in full by 10th February, 2011 $350.00
Landscape workshop one: this workshop is about working in the field with colour. The main aims will be to discover how to look at the landscape in such a way as to find the structure and design potential it has for you - in both form and colour. You will be searching for the form and colour elements that you can extract from the subject and putting this down on paper using the colour medium you prefer. Gouache, acrylics, pastels and oil colour are all suitable.

You will be able to be use the information you gather with the studies done at the first weekend workshop in a more developed painting later.

Landscape workshop two: the second workshop will be about developing the ideas you put down in rough form the first workshop. Both workshops are complete in themselves, but the second workshop can be seen as a progression from the studies to a finished painting. In the second workshop there will be an emphasis on underpainting, which makes use of important colour principles that were covered in the colour workshop.

With both workshops, those who have done a colour workshop with Merv will be able to think of this as an opportunity to apply the principles covered in that workshop to a practical situation. As a result, gaining a much better understanding of these principles.

Morning and afternoon tea provided. Please BYO lunch.

Tutor: Merv Moriarty
Merv Moriarty has all his life, been and remains, a practicing artist, exhibiting in major galleries in most Australian capital cities. With an intense interest in colour as a profound visual language he has written extensively on this subject. Merv’s work is represented in major public collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW and the Queensland Art Gallery.

As a teacher in art, colour and design, Merv has worked in colleges and universities, and in private art schools. In the early nineteen seventies he founded the “Flying Art School” now “Flying Arts” and the Brisbane Institute of Art, both of which still operate as major art education and facilitation bodies.

Author of The Eye’s Mind - the artist and the draftsman recently published by Artist Education and author of Colour the definitive guide available on DVD and soon to be published in hard copy. Pre order is available now by contacting us.

Please contact us to register your interest in attending this workshop or if you have any special requirements or any questions regarding the workshop, accommodation, etc. Or download the enrolment form.

Past 2010 Workshops:
Colour Workshop
    Dates:   Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of November 2010
    Venue:   "Many Swans", 1478 Sapphire Coast Drive, Wallagoot NSW
    Times:   10am to 4pm each day
    Fees:   $480.00 (Early Bird Special if paid before 11th October, 2010 = $440.00)
Brief summary of colour workshop strcuture: No drawing or painting ability is required for this workshop. All colour exercises use a simple diagrammatic format and even when we use a subject such as a flowering plant, only bands or squares are used to record the colours.

I have carried out and continued to develop colour workshops, such as this, on countless occasions over the last thirty years or so. In these workshops I do not simply lecture on colour theory, although some lecture and demonstration time is essential to cover and explain fundamental principles of colour. These explanations and demonstrations of essential principles are spread out over the four days, but by far the greater learning experience realised in these workshops comes about as a living, hands on, discovery that you will share with all the other participants in the workshop. You will also be an active participant, because much of what you will learn about colour will come from guided research into the important things about colour that you individually, and the group collectively, will undertake.

First morning – Introduction and welcome: followed by an exercise where you will consider the first questions you might want to ask about colour. How do we define a colour? This will be followed by your first opportunity to let me know what it is that you particularly want to know about colour. I will make a point of addressing all questions that come up in this initial exercise.

First afternoon – Colour mixing: we need to cover this early in the workshop to enable everyone to be able to mix any colour they can either see or imagine so that all other issues covered in the workshop are physically within everyone’s reach. This is a single scientifically valid principle that covers the results that we get from combinations of colours as pigments and dyes. The principles that I will show you do not depend on particular pigments and they are valid in all mediums.

Second morning – Time to apply the lessons from the previous day in a practical colour mixing and matching exercise and to clear up any point not fully understood by all.

Second afternoon – Early: Here we will again use colour mixing skills to find colours from within your imagination and at the same time confront the notion of colour relationship; we will also question the significance of your personal preferences. This exercise may only occupy the first part of the afternoon in which case we will continue the afternoon with the exercise to follow.

Second afternoon – Later: Colour and emotion, an exercise that will allow you to discover for yourself through the joint efforts of the group, the simple laws governing certain combinations of colour and our emotions. This is not a predetermined set of combinations or a formula; you will see how it works through the results of participants in the group. Some of the work we have already done on the first morning will be critical to what you can learn from this exercise.

Third morning – Here I will cover the all-important principle of simultaneous contrast. During the day we will return to colour mixing and interconnect simultaneous contrast with colour mixing. Interconnecting simultaneous contrast with the way you mix colours is most important, because all colours we see in a design or painting are effected by this principle.

Third afternoon – Early – Unity and contrast – Later: By this time in a workshop it becomes difficult to set a predetermined plan of activities because each workshop that I conduct is to some extent unique; it is a living activity that is influenced by members of the group. I will therefore set out below, the essential points to be covered in the remainder of the workshop. Any spare time after these things are covered can be used to cover anything that might be important to individuals or the group at large.

Remaining principles to be covered: Understanding colour interval and linkage - explanation of the way I use these terms to define colour relationship precisely; followed by an exacting study and analysis of the colours of flowering plants which, when the results are compared with other colour combinations, becomes an insight into a most important principle of colour relationship.

Tutor: Merv Moriarty
Merv has all his life, been a a practicing artist, exhibiting in major galleries in most Australian capital cities. With an intense interest in colour as a profound visual language he has written extensively on this subject. Merv’s work is represented in major public collections, including The Art Gallery of NSW and the Queensland Art Gallery. As a teacher in art, colour and design, Merv has worked in colleges and universities, and in private art schools. In the early nineteen seventies he founded the Flying Art School now “Flying Arts” and the Brisbane Institute of Art, both of which still operate as major art education and facilitation bodies. Author of The Eye’s Mind - the artist and the draftsman recently published by Artist Education and author of the Colour Book available on DVD and soon to be published.

What to bring to the workshop
This workshop does not require any specific pigments. If you are a practicing artist, the colours you usually use will be OK provided they cover a sufficiently wide range of the color wheel. Most students do this workshop with from six to ten gouache colours, plus white, using a small to medium acid free cartridge paper sketch-book with two to four brushes from small to medium. A notebook is very valuable as well as some jars or tins for water and some old clean cotton cloths.
A list of materials will be sent to each student on receipt of enrolment.

Please contact us to register your interest in attending this workshop or if you have any special requirements or any questions regarding the workshop, accommodation, etc.

Form, Colour & Design - 3 Day Workshop for Artists and Designers
    Dates:   Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of September 2010
    Venue:   Mechanics Institute, 9 Page Street, Moruya NSW
    Times:   10am to 4pm each day
    Fees:   $340.00
This workshop focuses on the three fundamental skills essential to any meaningful attempt to develop an artistic potential, whether or not a person wishes to take art as a serious endeavour or simply to fulfil their wish to understand what art is all about. It is designed to provide a foundation on which you can confidently build your personal vision and style of painting, drawing or design work.

Form: Draftsmanship skills are fundamental to the visual, plastic arts. The basics of draftsmanship will be explained simply and clearly in this workshop. Participants will then have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice and correct any misjudgments or misunderstandings.

Colour: A sound understanding of colour is essential to the ability to use it effectively in an image or design. In this workshop we will look at the basics of colour mixing and see how these same principles apply to colour relationship. Yes, colour combinations that have a universal sense of rightness can be seen alongside the principles of colour mixing.

Design: Discover the principles of kinship and structure in art and design. Discover also, the relationship between our sense of aesthetic rightness and the fundamental laws that permeate all of nature.

This workshop is run by Merv Moriarty, who all his life has been and remains, a practicing artist, exhibiting in major galleries in most Australian capital cities. With an intense interest in colour as a profound visual language he has written extensively on this subject. Merv’s work is represented in major public collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW and the Queensland Art Gallery. As a teacher in art, colour and design, Merv has worked in colleges and universities, and in private art schools. In the early nineteen seventies he founded the Flying Art School now “Flying Arts” and the Brisbane Institute of Art, both of which still operate as major art education and facilitation bodies. Author of The Eye’s Mind - the artist and the draftsman recently published by Artist Education and author of the Colour Book available on DVD and soon to be published.

Please contact us to register your interest in attending this workshop.

Below is an outline of other various workshops Merv runs. Please check back soon for the latest dates/schedules.
 
The Eye's Mind - the artist and the draftsman
This workshop is based on the new book by Merv Moriarty The Eye's Mind - the artist and the draftsman is about the way our vision system works and how this influences our ability to draw convincingly. It is based on the skill required to translate the three-dimensional world of your subject into a convincing two dimensional image. This workshop also focuses on a refined form of draftsmanship that unlocks the hidden structure, form and design possibilities of your visible environment. This is likely to be a most important workshop for many artists and art students.

Here you will discover and experience the essentials of good draftsmanship and see the link between this and good design. Particularly, you will find that gaining a working understanding of the mind that drives our vision will open a new world of potential for you. Beyond this you will find that having the power of good draftsmanship awakens the vision that can see beyond the surface and into the structure of your subject, a skill so important to our ability to see and to work creatively.
 
    Price:
    $375.00
    Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May, 2013 at Studio at Waratah Lodge, Walkerville Road, Fish Creek VICTORIA.
    Price:
    $375.00
    October 26th and 27th, 2013 at Art Shed, Brisbane.
    Price:
    $90.00
    Monday 20th May, 2013 at Studio at Waratah Lodge, Walkerville Road, Fish Creek VICTORIA.

    Special discounted price of $90.00 if attending the Workshop on the weekend prior (Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May, 2013).

    If you'd like to do the MENTOR SESSION without attending the Workshop, you will be charged an additional $30.00.
    Price:
    $375.00

    PLEASE NOTE: Price shown is for BDAS MEMBERS only. NON Members will be charged an extra $10.00. Please select member or non-member at checkout.

    Price:
    $350.00

    Join Merv Moriarty by gorgeous Wallagoot Lake for his 2014 Summer School.

    Day 1 (Wed 12th Feb) - understanding colour

    Day 2 (Thurs 13th Feb) - drawing and design

    Price:
    $525.00

    Join Merv Moriarty by gorgeous Wallagoot Lake for his 2014 Summer School.

    Days 3 to 5 (Fri 14th to Sun 16th Feb) - putting it all together

    Price:
    $875.00

    Join Merv Moriarty by gorgeous Wallagoot Lake for his Summer school: drawing - design - colour - putting it all together

    Day 1 (Wed 12th Feb) - understanding colour

    Day 2 (Thurs 13th Feb) - drawing and design

    Days 3 to 5 (Fri 14th to Sun 16th Feb) - putting it all together

    Reg. Price:
    $350.00
    Sale Price:
    $300.00
    Save:
    $50.00

    Join Merv Moriarty at Senior Art Supplies in Malvern, VIC.

    Day 1 (Wed 9th April) - understanding colour

    Day 2 (Thurs 10th April) - drawing and design

    Reg. Price:
    $525.00
    Sale Price:
    $475.00
    Save:
    $50.00

    Join Merv Moriarty at Senior Art Supplies in Malvern, VIC.

    Days 3 to 5 (Fri 11th to Sun 13th April) - putting it all together

    Reg. Price:
    $875.00
    Sale Price:
    $775.00
    Save:
    $100.00

    Join Merv Moriarty at Senior Art Supplies in Malvern, VIC.

    Day 1 (Wed 9th April) - understanding colour

    Day 2 (Thurs 10th April) - drawing and design

    Days 3 to 5 (Fri 11th to Sun 13th April) - putting it all together

    Price:
    $375.00

    Sorry, special "early bird" discount if you book before 11th April 2014 has now expired.

    Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May, 2014 at Senior Art Supplies, Malvern VIC

     
    Colour for Artists - 4 day Workshop
    This is a workshop that Merv Moriarty has developed over many years and it is designed to provide artists, designers and photographers with a sound understanding of the science and aesthetics of colour.

    This workshop follows the essential structure of Merv Moriarty's book 'Colour for Artists' soon to be available. It is presently available in a slightly unfinished form to workshop participants.

    Master Class Workshop
    This is a workshop for artists with good control over basic drawing and colour skills who want to lift their game to a higher level.

    Drawing from Life
    This is a drawing workshops based on the nude.

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