Colour Stories - Colour Mapping the Living Past
Reimagining a Colour Narrative
Creative Colour Workshop, in collaboration with the Gallo-Roman Museum Tongeren
Sat, 27 Apr 2024 10:30 - 16:30 CEST
Gallo-Roman Museum, 15 Kielenstraat 3700 Tongeren, Belgium
Do you love art, colour and history? Discover how to use the power of colour and storytelling to create work that resonates and communicates.
Exploring – recording – creating. These activities will take you through a hands-on investigation and exploration of colour awareness, colour measurement and notation, all while mapping the colours of selected works in the exhibition ‘Antiquity in Colour’ at the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, Belgium's oldest city.
Together we will explore the notion of real (measured) and perceived colour and analyse the intricate dynamics of colour, form, scale, material and pattern. Exploring the narrative of the past will offer the inspiration for the stories of today, your stories.
Through colour matching, you will create colour palettes and develop your own colour combinations inspired directly by the exhibition, the stories from mythology and eventually your own stories and memories. You will explore these colour narratives and colour associations by creating art compositions, combining collages of coloured paper and written words. The old stories are thus to give birth to the new ones.
The workshop ends with a mini exhibition of participants’ work.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for creative professionals and students in general, as well as all lovers of history and colour.
By the end of the workshop, you will:
- learn how to view, record, analyse and experiment with colour
- expand skills and grow confidence in making colour choices, creating cohesive and meaningful colour palettes and combinations
- form a narrative through colour and composition
- understand and translate historical colour information into an art or design project, inspired by personal reflection, the power of storytelling and memory
- gain a set of new skills and tools for your creative practice
- gain confidence to explore and recognise the multifaceted nature of colour and the ability to discuss colour, colour associations and cultural connections
- learn to ask critical questions about the role and meaning of colour in antiquity, art, design and architecture
All materials are provided, including the tools for colour measurement, coloured papers, pencils, markers, printed forms for colour notation and papers for final colour compositions.
Participants bring a ruler, glue, scissors or a paper cutter, and optionally a cutting board, own pencils and markers.
Entry to the temporary exhibition Antiquity in Colour is included in the price of the workshop.
*Lunch is not included. A lunch or snack can be ordered at the museum’s restaurant (Museum Café). There you can enjoy delicious meals, sandwiches, a cup of good coffee, refreshing regional beers, and more. You are also free to bring your own lunch.
Visit Tongeren
Prolong your stay in Tongeren and use the opportunity to visit Belgium's oldest city, not far from the borders of The Netherlands and Germany. The city will undoubtedly surprise you with not only its rich heritage sights but also its cuisine, cosy pavement cafés, famous Antiques Market (open every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and – last but not least – its renowned hospitality.
Discover more about Tongeren and its sights here.
The Gallo-Roman Museum is located in the city centre of Tongeren, in the shadow of the beautiful Gothic Basilica of Our Lady. It is one of the top European archaeological museums.
About getting to and around Tongeren see here.
Accommodation in Tongeren:
Perception, Interaction, Meaning

1 April 2023, 09:30 - 16:30, Antwerp, Belgium

Join me for a colour design workshop along with Inez Michiels and Jeannette Hanenburg and explore the relationship between colour, personality, shape, composition and smell by discovering the foundations of colour design. We are happy to finally welcome you again in person in the beautiful city of Antwerp!

This workshop is for creative professionals, designers and students in the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design, advertising, branding, product development, illustration, gaming, textile design, fashion, art and art education...
The workshop is composed of 4 parts:
1. Personality Design
2. Interaction of Colour
3. Colour and Meaning
4. Applied Synaesthetic
More information and registration can be found here.
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