About this course

An intensive and inspirational three-day course presenting colour from a new perspective.

Course Description

This intensive and innovative three-day workshop on colour is an opportunity to revisit and creatively engage with the syllabus of our hugely successful online FutureLearn course The Power of Colour. However it is a stand-alone course for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of this fascinating subject and to use colour more confidently and effectively.

Based at our centrally located studios in London, the course is a highly enjoyable and inspirational mix of lectures and hands-on, creative experimentation.

Each day will be varied, moving from inspirational lectures to creative workshops where theories will be tested through practical application.

Topics covered:

See colour from a new perspective. It’s obvious when you think about it: by understanding the mechanism of colour vision, colour theory itself makes more sense.

What impact does a colour scheme have on your eyes?

Why does this affect how you feel about colour?

How can you use this knowledge to inspire colour experimentation?

What are the basics of colour theory?

How can colour theory be applied in more nuanced and sophisticated ways?

Taking a very different approach, the course considers:

Physics and Physiology – how colour travels as light, and how this colour information is interpreted by the eye

Illusion and Contrast – how the physiology of the eye responds to colour in unexpected and exploitable ways

Colour Theory in Context – the connections between the physical experience of colour and established theories of colour combining

Colour Theory – including historical provenance, the colour wheel, colour terminology, colour harmonies, use of accent colour, colour saturation and modification

Colour Psychology – theories of the emotional impact of colour

Colour and Culture – the relevance and significance of local colour associations

Inspirational Colour – instinctive responses to colour and the creation of original palettes of colour, finding and using abstract motivations

Future Colour – colour trend forecasting.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

Additional information

Breakfast refreshments and a delicious light lunch will be provided on the first day of the course. While a vegetarian option is made available, we are unable to cater to specific food intolerances or food allergies.


Adrienne Chinn - tutor at West Dean College

Adrienne Chinn

Adrienne Chinn trained at KLC School of Design and has run her own interior design consultancy in London and Brighton since 1999, specialising in residential design. Since 2014 has taught regularly at KLC School of Design in London where she manages the short course programme, and Cohim Design College in Beijing and Shanghai. 

Evey Dunbavin-Hands

Having studied Textiles & Fashion at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, Evey built a career in Fashion and Advertising, then went on to retrain as an Interior Designer at the KLC School of Design.

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