Prue Acton: Colour and Design


28 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Colour and Design: Master ground breaking principles. Learn practical tools for your colour vision.

In this colour and design practical course, we will explore how to use colour effectively and creatively as artists, architects, teachers, and designers of fashion, textiles, interiors, print, digital and games. Prue Acton will lead the participants through a series of practical colour principles in original ways. The relationship between light and pigment, colour matching, colour mixing and creating effective colour relationships will be covered.

This multidisciplinary course introduces participants to colour and design through practical means. Your creative vision will come to life using modern colour principles and practical tools and methodologies. The objective will be to use colour effectively and creatively.

Course content

Participants will work together over four days with Prue Acton in a studio environment. Following lectures and demonstrations, participants will work in a shared studio to expand their own practice using colour principles and practically applying their own tools and methodologies


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

Cartridge paper is provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

A list of materials you will be required to purchase will be supplied prior to the course commencing. This will include specific paints, papers and a Moriarty Colour Wheel.


  • Moriarty Colour Wheel for: colour matching, colour mixing and colour relationship exercises.
  • Smooth watercolour paper 200-300 gsm; board, pencils and eraser; masking tape
  • Gouache or acrylic paints, palettes, water containers; a range of suitable brushes; note; oil paints may upset some participants and dry slowly; watercolours are not suitable unless highly skilled
  • Suggested pigments: A range of pigments the space around the colour wheel will be suggested on enrolment
  • Red such as cad red PR108, which is slightly orange, an orange such as cad orange PY42, a yellow such as cad yellow light PY35, a green such as emerald PG7 or viridian PG18, a phthalo PB15 or cobalt blue PB28 (these will mix cyan) ultramarine blue PB29, a magenta such as quin violet PR 122. Adding a dioxazine violet PV 23 and a yellow and red oxide may be useful. Note; cadmium pigments are opaque; if you like to use glazes select other pigments such as Matisse Red light. Please check that paints are quality, single pigments as above, not HUE. Plus large tube of titanium white

    Suited to

    This course is suited to participants with art, education and design backgrounds who would like to explore colour with Prue Acton. 

    Additional notes

    Prue Acton (OBE) completed a Diploma of Art (Textiles) at RMIT in 1962. Acton was the first Australian designer to break into the American market. Prue has received major awards, including five Australian Wool Board Awards, three David Jones Awards for Fashion Excellence and four Fashion Industry of Australia Lyrebird Awards.


    The overall outcome of this intensive course is to advance participants knowledge about colour and design through new and practical approaches lead by artist Prue Acton.Throughout the course, colour palettes will be created through abstract formats or simple forms illustrating effective colour relationships.

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