Features and Details 

Primary Category: Education

Additional Categories: Art, Fine Arts, Design, Colour, Historical

Project Option: Standard landscape10x8 in, 25x20 cm

No of pages: 64

ISBN Hard Cover ImageWrap: 978-0-6450251-0-1

Publish Date: March, 2021

Language English

Keywords: colour, color, design, artist, painting, Phyllis Shillito,australian, historical, education

Both a Hard-cover and Soft-cover version of this book are available.  The Soft-cover version is identical in colour and content, but is available at a reduced price.

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About the book:

This book documents the years of study undertaken by the author during the period 1976 – 1977 at the famous Shillito Design School (1962 – 1980) in Sydney, Australia. Eva used much of this knowledge to become a renowned Australian colour and design educator at the Tertiary level in Sydney and co-founded the acclaimed School of Colour and Design based partially on the teachings of Phyllis Shillito.

Design, art and craft educators and students will find this book an invaluable historical reference of the unique colour course that the brilliant English educator, designer and artist Phyllis Shillito taught at her own school and at ESTC, now the National Art School (1925 – 1960) in Sydney.

It includes strategies for understanding colour organisation, colour mixing, colour planning and application to whatever design or art endeavour you choose. 


Eva Fay's new book on the Shillito Design School in the 1970's documents the school's colour curriculum with a comprehensive set of annotated illustrations of her own student exercises, beautifully executed in gouache, from the colour component of the first two years of the three-year course. Eva shines a much-needed light on the influential Shillito colour curriculum in its final phase, and in doing so uncovers some important previously overlooked influences.

Dr David Briggs,

President of the Colour Society of Australia.

This book is a wonderful journey into the spirit and the visual world of what must have been a fascinating learning experience. It guides us – through the eyes and talent of Eva - with beautiful and exciting images through the world of colour as interpreted and explained by Miss Shillito. The reader should not look for long theoretical explanations, just take in all the intricate details of colour scales, harmonious combinations,  colour wheels and all the wonderful designs, many of which are indeed works of art. It’s not possible to list them all, my absolute favourite is the superb “Changes in luminosity” (p.46) – a gem.

Dr Robert Hirschler,

Chair, AIC Study Group on Colour Education

AIC - International Association of Colour