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Who else Wants to be a True Colour Expert?

By 05/26/2010January 23rd, 201723 Comments

One more day and my first 3 day workshop will be here (Thursday). The course is almost full and the June dates are open for registration. June 24, 25 & 26, 2010. Click here for more information.

I taught a modified version of this course for 3 years at Vancouver Community College and here are what two of my students said about the course:


“I took Maria’s Colour Theory Course at Vancouver Community College in the Fall of 2008 as part of the Interior Design Diploma Program there. I found the course to be both informative and fun, a blend that reflects Maria’s style of instruction and course material. We were taught the fundamentals of colour creation, using a hands-on approach that is unique to Maria’s curriculum.

By mixing the various colours ourselves, we had clear understanding of the sometimes complicated world of undertones and “muddy vs fresh” colours. Additionally, Maria’s homework assignments illustrated real-life scenarios and her instructions required us to draw knowledge from both the material in her lectures and our own growing intuition. I found Maria to be a pleasant, engaging instructor with many, many real-life anecdotes that helped make her points more engaging and relevant than any other college course I have attended.

I think the term “theory” is mis-used in the case of this course, as Maria delivers a practical, fun, hands-on environment that is anything but theoretical.” A. Beall, Colour & Design Consultant, Benjamin Moore


“Mixing the colors at the beginning of the course gave me a whole new understanding of colors and their ‘makeup’. I bought a blue, HC 149, Buxton Blue after I’d done the course and decided it was too bright/clear for my tastes. Instead of despairing, I tried mixing a little yellow into it to tone the color down. That freedom to play around with paint armed with some knowledge is really great.
Another exciting/interesting part of the course was learning where to start with a room and pull it all together. What are the fixed elements that you need to work with and is there one single very large color element, like curtains or a rug which will determine the tone and color of a room.” E. Rush, Creative Homeowner & Do-it-Yourselfer
I’ll be blogging about the course this weekend so stay tuned!

If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact me for on-line or in-person decorating and colour.

If you would like to transform the way you see colour, become a True Colour Expert.

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  • Lynda says:

    :(…..I don't think I can make it in time(Netherlands);)…but I would really like to come!!! I'm already studying now…to become an interiorstylist and a colorist. This would be a great extra!!! O well……


  • pve design says:

    I would love to be one of your students. I know I would make you proud, mixing pretty ugly colors along with some of my own concoctions.:)
    I bet you must love teaching all about color!

  • Rebecca R. Dyer says:

    please let me know if/when you plan to teach this cource either on-line or on the East coast. i am in VA.

    many thanks!
    [email protected]

  • Annie@A View On Design says:

    ME ME – you should do an online course!

  • Sally@DivineDistractions says:

    It is interesting that they call the study of color "theory". In the hands of someone like yourself, it's certainly more than that. I'm sure you have put together an excellent course, and I only wish I were close enough to take advantage of your expertise. I'm sure it will go well for you and your students.

  • Maurie says:

    Maria, kudos to you for using hands-on learning. So often we think such pedagogy is for teaching children, but I found teaching college students that in fact it is for everyone! Happy teaching; I am sure it will inspire you as much as it will inspire your students! And thanks for stopping by my blog from time to time! I really appreciate the traffic and your kind comments.
    [email protected]

  • Vanessa@decor happy says:

    Sounds like a fun and informative few days! I wish I could attend as well but will look forward to your blog posts.

  • Mona Thompson says:

    Good luck! I know it will be a huge success!

  • Emom says:

    Sounds like fun….I believe that few understand the relevance of color. Being in a visually critical job helps though…..smiles.

  • Charlotte's Color Specialist says:

    Good luck with your course Maria!

  • Alicia Clinton says:

    I wish I lived closer as well so that I could take this class and meet you! You have such a wealth of knowledge and are so talented, it truly shows through in your posts. Thanks for sharing your insights with us!

    xo, Alicia

  • Melissa @ Veranda Interiors says:

    Please please please come to Calgary and do one!!!! You can stay with me 😉

  • Donna says:

    I would love to be more educated as to colour and how it should be used. Since I live far away from Van Couver, I'll have to be satisfied with getting bits and pieces from you here at Colour Me Happy. You have one of the most informative and beautiful blogs on this subject that I know of. I'm sure your class will be well worth attending!

  • Kiki says:

    Hi stumbled upon your blog and was amazed at the colors and your content!! Love it!!

    PS. I am your 1000th follower…Stop by sometime and say hello..


  • Anonymous says:

    any way of coming to cape cod – or how about on line? thanks P

  • Kelly Berg says:

    How exciting!!! I wish you the best of luck – although you probably don't need it. 😉 Can't wait to hear how it goes!!! Have fun.

  • The Bargain Shopper Lady says:

    This is a great idea!

  • Annie Wilcox Designs says:

    Wished I lived closer cause I know you would really be able to influence my own business and help to build the right connections. Perhaps in the future. I know it will be a success.

  • Trish says:

    Me Me Me, I wanna do your course, I wanna be a colour expert…..Can you PLEASE come to Australia & she your wisdom?????

  • Anonymous says:

    I would be interested in an on-line version – there are sites where you can sign up to give classes. is one of them.

    EduFIRE takes a % of what the students pay to cover their cost of running the site and to make money, but they let the teacher set the course fee.

  • Karena says:

    Maria I would love to attend one of your seminars if only to spend time with you!!

    Art by Karena

  • Color and Style says:

    I wish I could come to this seminar, how about a webenar? Than we could all benefit from your knowledge.

  • Staci Edwards Design says:

    Sounds like fun! 🙂 Keep me posted if you head out Toronto way!

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