Course Title: Analyse use of colour in textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5905C

Course Title: Analyse use of colour in textiles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6082 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Libby Noblet -

Sandy Darrington -

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course will be delivered concurrently with VART 5904c Assist in the Development of Textile Designs and VART 5903c Textile Design Influences. Projects have been designed to link each of these competencies. It is strongly advised that students ensure that enrolment for these courses occurs during the same teaching period.

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to analyse and apply colour theory to the design process for textile products. Students will undertake a variety of project that introduce them to the world of colour in textiles. Projects will be applied into design courses and will simulate industy  applications.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4012A Analyse use of colour in textiles

Learning Outcomes


This studio based course gives students the opportunity through practical projects to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

• identify uses of colour in textile designs
• using a given piece of fabric, colour match all components to complement, such as zip, buttons, threads, linings and other appropriate trims
• document colour investigations
• apply OH&S practices in work operations
• maintain accurate records

Details of Learning Activities

This is a studio based course covering both theory and practical aspects of Colour in Textiles. Individual and group projects will be undertaken in a design studio environment

Teaching Schedule



Contemporary textiles in the global market place.
Weave, Knit, Print, Tapestry, Experimental.

 Introduction OHS, 
Visual diary – Visual Diary Tasks – continuing task
Personal colour palette

Design Brief – Geometrics

REFER to  Colour and Design Book
Discussion on elements and principles of design in context to textiles. Stripes, checks geometrics

Task – 1. Lines and mark making –using dry media explore line

Visual Diary Homework
Students required to research contemporary samples of geometric textiles and bring samples to following weeks class - Photos concept etc     


Colour / no colour
Achromatic and monochromatic-

Major and minor keys

discussion of
Value and major and minor keys – INTENTION AND MOOD OF DESIGN


Achromatic & Monochromatic scales

Contrast of tone and tints and shades

Producing depth in design with tints and shades

Various techniques to produce the scales including manual and computer

Create 9 stage colour scale for Achromatic and monochromatic scale using computer or paint up and or cut out of magazine etc  Produce two variations

Find / produce achromatic design and monochromatic design showing depth and contrast


Project brief 1 geometrics
Stripes checks spots, geometrics – one way, two way pictorial historical, column, decorated stylized striped

Stripes can possibly go to weave and knit



  Puzzles and textile analysis

Stripes and Geometric - Paper cut exercise

Prepare geometric with cut paper
Layering elements – size, shape, line,

  major and minor key 3 Examples

visual diary / work book

Colour wheels / cool and warm colours

  <font face="Verdana" size="2">Complete paper cut exercise C</font>olour wheels  Cool and Warm  

Introduction to Colour Wheels using Itten’s model
Cool Primaries, secondaries, tertiaries using pigments-
Paint up colour wheel
Collect warm images and include emotive descriptions
Continuation of cool colour wheel



Colour Schemes. What they are how they can be used effectively in textile design?

 Colour wheels  Cool and Warm Double Primary Colour Wheel

Explanation of the colour wheel and how to use it

Options of how to produce colour wheel

Visual diary exercise Collect examples of schemes describe feeling of example and suggested use for scheme

Colour schemes and exercises complex tertiary colours: Mixing colours not on the colour wheels

Goethe triangle and mixing complex colours Mixing primary with it’s complement

Visual diary / work book 

 6 public holiday monday
 catch up tuesday

What is a concept Board ?

Why what how. ? Concept boards,
Colour palettes for design purposes
 visual diary / work book Tribes ‘ colour palette  

Constructing a concept board ‘Tribes ‘ research

 8 no lecture due to Ilka’s class presentations
  Tribes ‘
colour palette  Constructing a concept board ‘Tribes ‘ research
 9 no lecture due to Ilka’s class presentations
 Flower Power Design brief
Florals –floral styles – historical- small large scale stylised
Understanding use of motifs in textile design – printed jacquard knitted
etc Developing motifs from your drawings to be used in design layouts

  Repeat systems
Basic Repeat systems using grid structures and floral motifs scale reflection rotation directional and non directional design.
Block, full drop half drops, brick, spot 


What is the Textile Design Process? One or many? And who is it for?

What who why how do we design?



Repeats by hand


This week you will need Floral imagery and hand drawings to be taken to CAD to produce a floral concept board. In future weeks you will also digitally design layouts from a range of your drawn floral motifs

visual diary / work book

colour ways  

 Swiss repeats

Trend Forecasting

Contemporary trends


Rendering and textural techniques

Floral designs: Paint ups, rendering styles
Using textural techniques

Paint up section of Swiss repeat duplicated and painted up using different techniques and variety of media techniques
visual diary / work book
 13 Colour proportions  

colour ways

floral designs

visual diary / work book 

Task class exercise
Looking at colour proportions and colour inventory

Choose an image for its colour. Break it down into stripe colour inventory create a simple design then using the same colours change the key colours to create new colour proportion


 14 Floral Co-ordinates
 15 guest speaker
  mounting and presentation of work
 16  Student presentations of floral project to class
 17 submit folios
 submit folios for assessment


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Recommended Reading

1. Allen, B and Cook, M, 'Colour', TAFE publications
2. Walch, M, and Hope, A, 'Living Colours', Chronicle Books
3. Birren, F, 'Principles of Colour', Schiffer Ltd
4. Itten, J, 1970 'The Elements of Colour' Van Nostrand Reinhold
5. Wilcox, M, 'Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green', The School of Colour
6. Krause, J, ‘Colour Index’, HOW Design Books 2002
7. Wong, W, ‘Principles of Color Design’ John Wiley and Sons Inc 1997
8. Bleicher, S, ‘Contemporary Color Theory and Use’, Thomson/Delmar Learning 2005
9. Eiseman, L, ‘Pantone Guide to Communication with Color’ Grafix Press Ltd 2000
10. Zollinger, H, ‘Color A Multidisciplinary Approach’ VHCA and Wiley-VCH 1999
11. Marx, E, ‘The Contrast of Colors’ Van Nostrand Reinhold Company 1973
12. Gerritsen, F, ‘Theory and Practice of Color’ Studio Vista 1975

Other Resources

Students are required to supply some of their own art materials including:

Visual Diary



ART KIT information available in first class


Refer to art kit 

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Assessement tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including: visual diary, technical folder,  practical problem solving exersices, indvidual and group presentations

The students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.

This unit is concurrently delivered with VART 5905c Use of colour in textiles and VART 5903c Textile design influences and several assessement tasks will be assessed through combined project work.

Assessment Tasks

Details of assessment tasks and grading will be provided in class sessions
Visual Diary: samples, analysis, inspiration, tasks, research, colour schemes, colour mixing, exercises

 Work Book:completed projects including scales, colour wheels, concept boards, croquis designs, colour palettes

Folio to be completed in Assist in the Development of Textile Designs

Assessment Matrix

Elements / Performance Criteria  
Visual diaryWork book 
1 Analyse effects of colour used in textiles

1.1 Effects of colour dimensions are examined.
1.2 Relationship of colour theory to textile design process is identified.
1.3 Visual or optical effects of colour are analysed.
1.4 Samples of textile products that demonstrate different visual effects are collected and compared
2 Analyse suitable colour combinations for use in textile designs

2.1 Colour combinations are developed using computer software or manual processes

2.2 Colour wheel and colour charts are used to assist colour investigations                                                                                
2.3 New colour schemes are identified and illustrated
3 Consider use of colour in textile design

3.1 Different colour uses are identified and compared for impact.
3.2 Colour forecasting options are investigated.
3.3 Colour investigations are documented for future reference.


Other Information

Design tasks will be set in studio sessions and the details of all submissions will be provided with the project briefs.

Due to OH+S standards students are to always wear closed toe shoes when in any of the studios.

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