Colour Institute with Michele Wipplinger 2009.10.12-16

This course not only touches on theories developed by Johannes Iten, Josef Albers, and Albert Munsell but also covers colour systems like NCS and Pantone.

Through exercises with paint, dyed yarns, colour chips and magazines colour is explored.

Below is a sample of one of the exercises covered in this course to show how colour differs depending on where it is placed.

Color Change Sample 1

Colour Change Sample 2


Seven Examples

Seven colours of paper were used and cut into exactly the same pattern.  The pattern has big and small pieces.  By placing the seven colours into different positions on each picture, the colours either work in the arrangement or they don’t, sometimes overwhelmingly right in your face and/ or sometimes quietly in the background and sometimes changing to a different shade of the colour (look specifically at the light blue and turquoise in each of the examples above).

Michele’s advice is to work with colours on a daily basis.  The more you play with colours the better you will get at reading them and working with them.

To say Michele is an expert with colours is an understatement.  Michele helped me fix a colour in one of my wall hangings.  I had a gut feeling but couldn’t put my finger on it.  The item, although in the same vicinity, wasn’t the area of the piece that others had told me needed fixing.  I followed Michele’s suggestion and the wall hanging looks great.  It was a problem similar to the examples above, where when the colour is placed next to another one will either brighten or darken the colours around it.  I will be forever grateful.  Thank you Michele!


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