4 December 2012

colour + design {back to school}

Every Monday night for the last eight months I have been going to school, studying colour and design as part of the Certificate IV in Design at the International School of Colour of Design. I finished last week and am graduating tomorrow night (bring on the champers!) At the beginning of this year I attended an information session at their campus and on that night I could tell this was the course for me. It's an introductory (foundation) course which teaches you everything colour and design related and dabbles in colour design, surface design, graphic design, visual arts and interior styling. You can then go on to specialise in these fields with their diploma courses. I started the course thinking I would go on to do graphic design, and I finished the course thinking the same. Although it would be fun to do all the diploma courses (which a lot of people do apparently).

The course involves painting a whole lot of colour chips like in this image (we painted hundreds of them), mixing paints, learning about colour ranges, drawing, collaging, the principles and elements of design - there was so much to learn. There are assignments to do but it's pretty fun as homework goes - making colour collages, making a 3D room and researching your favourite artist - no essay writing here! Note: magazines, Pinterest, a stanley knife and a cutting mat are your best friends for the duration of this course.

I think one of the best things about this course was the ladies in my class - all coming from different career backgrounds, all wanting to learn new skills and change their future. They were all so supportive and inspiring. I can't wait to see what we all do next. It will be colourful I'm sure!

I'm wondering what to do with all my leftover paint chips. Send your ideas my way...

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