Pre Congress Workshops

Pre-Congress Colour Skills Workshops

A series of small-group workshops, run in conjunction with AIC 2009, will provide delegates to the Congress with the opportunity to extend their colour knowledge beyond their own field. Workshops will run for two hours each and will also be available to the general public. Numbers will be limited to 25 for each workshop. A minimum number of 15 participants will be required for a workshop to run. In cases of strong demand a workshop may run twice.

Fees for workshops are as follows:
Cost for delegates to AIC 2009 - A$75.00 per person per workshop
Cost for non-delegates - A$110.00 per person per workshop

Please note no student rates will be offered, and fee includes workshop only. Participants will be accepted on a first come basis when payment has been received. If a particular workshop has to be cancelled, costs will be refunded in full. To register for a workshop, please register via the online registration form


An AIC Congress provides a unique opportunity for delegates not only to learn about advances within their own disciplines but also to gain insights from other disciplines. The Colour Skills Workshops are intended to introduce the basics of particular fields of colour study that may be unfamiliar so that delegates can benefit from a wider range of papers presented during the Congress. The Colour Skills Workshops will be presented by experts who are experienced teachers. The workshops will be informal, interactive and hands-on as appropriate. Materials and notes will be provided.


Sunday 27 September 2009


Associate Professor Dianne Smith

We are aware that colour plays a role in the way we understand the world around us and how people and places express their identity. However, how we manipulate and analyse this phenomenon is not always as obvious.
Therefore, this workshop will introduce basic terms, techniques and theories that will help us to use colour to manipulate the way situations and people are interpreted. In addition, we will explore how colour is a key player in how we interpret image and understand identity. These concepts and practices are relevant to all fields of inquiry dealing with meaning and communication through colour.
The workshop will include discussion of exemplars and hands on exercises suitable for the novice in this area. Opportunities for individual and group work will be available. Handouts will be supplied.


Professor Lois Swirnoff

The contrast boundary, a perceptual phenomenon of color interaction, is fundamental to the experience of space and form. It will be presented as a "hands-on" challenge to the participants of this workshop. 

Lois Swirnoff is a distinguished artist, educator and prize-winning author of Dimensional Color and The Color of Cities. She was a student of Josef Albers and has extended his investigation of colour interaction into the third dimension. Participants in this workshop, like the students of Josef Albers, will work with Color-aid papers. A standard set of Color-aid costs $US 52.00. Participants will need to purchase a set for use in the workshop; if desired one set could be shared by two participants.  


Professor Byron Mikellides

A brief review will be outlined of the colour psychological literature and the various methods used by experimental psychologists to evaluate the effect of colour on arousal, warmth and time estimation. This will consider both cognitive and affective measures such as semantic differential techniques, adjectival checklists as well as physiological measures such as EEG and EKG.

There will be a hands-on experience of using some of the basic tests by analysing data obtained in class to determine whether the results are statistically significant at different levels of confidence. Other aspects will include display techniques and graphic presentation of data, t-tests for independent and related samples, correlation techniques, factor analysis, measures of central tendency and variability. Considerations in writing up an experiment in psychology will be discussed including formulating a hypothesis, method, statistical analysis and discussion of results.

Friday 2 October 2009

2.30 – 4.30pm
Workshops for which there is strong demand may be repeated after the Closing Ceremony of the Congress.