Exploring Light and Color for Artists

Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

Shop 6, 4 - 14, Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, 2150, Australia

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

CPAS Studio, Shop 6, 4 - 14, Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, 2150, Australia.

The aim of this workshop is to help artists understand better the use of color in their artistic work. The information regarding the use of color is applicable for any kind of medium. So whether you are using pastels, watercolor, acrylics or oils and you are lost about how to mix colors or which colors to buy then this is the workshop for you. However during the workshop we will be practicing with oil paints. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own paints and we can discuss them together.

The information provided is sourced through reliable and researched sources and not from other artists' websites online.

During the workshop we will cover the following subjects:

  • The effects of light on objects and on how we perceive color
  • Advances in the color theory..the primaries of light and pigments
  • Complementary colors and their role in shadows
  • Pigments and paints.....what to buy and what NOT to buy
  • Working with a limited but functional palette
  • Mixing color...know your palette of color and how they behave together
  • Seeing, comparing and mixing color





 We will have a look at the effect of light on pigments, objects and casted shadows.

We will also have a look at various pigments and paints available on the market, what to buy and what to avoid to buy. 

Updates in colour theory, primaries, secondaries and complementary colours.

12:30 pm—1:00 pm      LUNCH BREAK


1:00 pm—4:00 pm       

 The second part of the workshop is dedicated entirely to practical work. We will create our own color wheel and color charts from the paints on our palette.

We will also do some practical work using still life objects to see, evaluate, compare and eventually mix colors.


Printed notes with information will be given to participants.



 Christopher Vidal is an artist and scientist living in Sydney. His love for arts and science started from a very early age. At the age of six he was showing his interest in drawing and painting and at the age of thirteen he attended the school of Arts at Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta, Malta. For three years, he studied Arts in the classical way using life objects as reference materials for his drawings/paintings and sculpture. He was inspired by works of arts of the Renaissance and Baroque eras and by artists such as Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci and others. Later, Chris pursued a career as a scientist initially working in various clinical laboratories in chemistry and later he obtained a PhD in molecular genetics. He worked in science and research in both Malta and Australia for twenty-five years. During these years, he mentored several students. His scientific background also helps him to understand better the effect of light on the various pigments used in paint and so he considers each painting as a challenge to try to create the illusion of light using paint.  However, his innate love for arts always remained and throughout the years he experimented with various media and techniques. For the last fifteen years, his focus was to develop his technique in oils. He finds oil paints as the best medium to work with, since it is versatile and dynamic and hence you can use them to create endless effects using both brush and painting knife.  His experience taught him the importance to get to know and understand your materials to be able to use them well. This means that one needs to know the various pigments and other materials that are available on the market. Preparing your own surfaces also gives you more control on the materials that you use and to ensure quality to your clients. Traditionally used materials such as oil paints gives you peace of mind about their durability since they have been used for centuries and hence passed the test of time.

Please visit Chris’ website for more information and to see his works  http://www.christopher-vidal.com.au





For whom is this workshop suitable?

This workshop is suitable for those individuals that already have some experience in painting and/or are interested to develop their techniques and knowhow in colour mixing.


What Materials to bring with you?

The aim of this workshop is to help you understand the importance of using high quality materials especially paints. All materials are provided by the organiser.  However, if you have your own materials and you want to discuss with the tutor whether you are using the right materials or not, please bring them with you.


You will only need to bring with you a notebook to write additional notes. Printed notes will also be provided.


All media used for painting during this workshop are safe and non-toxic.

Some paints might be toxic such as cadmiums, however these does not present any hazard as long as they are in the form of paint (and not powdered pigment that can be inhaled)



AU$ 120 (full day workshop including Materials and lunch)


Cancellation policy

Money is only fully refunded if the organiser cancels the activity for any reason.

No refunds are given to individuals that change their mind.

In rare instances a 50% refund will be given if a replacement is found.


Limit class size


8 people

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