Colour – mixing, memories and meanings: a creative online workshop
Sat 13 March 2021

Led by artist Juliana Capes

Online, free
12 spaces available

Join artist Juliana Capes online for the second of two informal and creative workshops that she is leading for us this February and March. 

About the workshop

In this workshop Juliana will introduce you to some fundamentals of colour theory and colour mixing using watercolour paint and paper. You will be able to share colour memories that you have of significant places, either from memory, photograph or life. You’ll have a chance to investigate your own personal colour vocabulary, develop creative descriptive writing, and share and compare with others. 

Juliana Capes is a multidisciplinary artist working across film, description, painting, drawing, participation and installation. A unifying interest in her work is that of colour and her recent research has involved looking at colour and description. Her 2018 watercolour Aird Uig Sunset is part of an occasional series of descriptive colour poems and can be read below.

About Juliana Capes

Juliana Capes lives and works in Edinburgh. She has worked in the arts in Scotland for the last 23 years, exhibiting most recently at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy and Edinburgh Art Festival.

Juliana’s diverse practice often uses the vocabulary of natural phenomena to ask questions about the processes of feeling, seeing and believing. She is also passionate about access to the arts and concurrently works in creative learning in galleries and community contexts. In particular over the last 15 years she has worked extensively with a Visually Impaired audience, notably as lead artist on the National Gallery of Scotland’s Visual Impairment programme.

Juliana Capes

Aird Uig Sunset 
(October 2018)

Inside arm, tactile heather with fir moss,
soft with faded buoy.
Scallop shell wet shell
excited onion skin.
Old buoy.
Soft scallop shell, 
new buoy, inside eye.

Faded buoy.
Dry pebble wet pebble,
Onion skins, onion skins with chrome.
Middle of the day. 
Flushed inside shell,
Dirty faded buoy,
Old kelp,
Autumn hills.


Wind with cheeks, 
Middle of the sky, onion skins and tin,
Onion skins and alum.
Pathway with pockets,
Cold fingers

Indigo with urine,
Top of the sky.
Iris bulb with iron, summer skin,
Iris bulb with alum, dirty day dulse.

Alder tree and dock, crotal and dulse.
Atlantic bilberry with alum,
Nettle with iron. 
Undyed wool.

Do I need to have any experience to participate?

No, you don’t need any experience. Juliana has designed the workshop to suit all abilities, including those who have no previous experience in working with watercolour or knowledge of colour theory,  as well as those who have some knowledge, those who have tried them before, or who work with them them more regularly.

What materials or tools will I need?

We will send a list of what you will need for the worksop upon booking. You should be able to source the majority of the materials easily – these will include water colour paints 

We can also send you a package of the main materials if you would like.

Where will the workshop take place?

The workshop will take place on Zoom. A link will be sent to you once you book.

Do I need to do much preparation in advance?

You’ll need to gather the materials ready, but no practice or work needs to be done in advance.

If you would like further information prior to booking, email us on

Please note, the session will be recorded, and will be available to those attending to watch again as a replay