The colours have been selected and production has begun on the Round 3 of the 12 Blueprints Test Drape collection. Nine sets are made in each Round after which colours and textiles are reevaluated.
First, please allow me answer a question that I have been asked.
Why don’t I teach with the drapes I make?
After analyst training courses were offered once again in February, 2013, with 2 to 5 new colour analysts per month since, the drapes have sold faster than I could make them. Now that I’m caught up, I will be adding to my Sci\ART drape sets to merge them with the 12 Blueprints drapes. The Key, 4 Test, and Red Drapes will remain the same. The only change will be adding to the 12 Test sets to bring them up to 6 drapes of same colours, rather than the present 3 of varying colours.
Secondly, the Sci/ART drapes are among a very small number assembled by a Munsell Master Colorist. Students should have the opportunity to use them, giving them a sense of the history of our profession, and a comparison with the drapes they will use in their own businesses.
I was trained with Terry’s Sci\ART drapes, quite different from the sets I purchased two months later. No transition time was necessary. Therefore, I didn’t feel that teaching with the exact sets the new analysts would be using was a priority. The order of use and decision-making processes are identical.
There are drapes collections in Canada and the US. European students take their drapes home with them. Though we do use them for the course as the student wishes, unpacking them and repacking them for airplane journeys is a process in itself. Like maps, they never pack up as clean and flat as the first time.
I have taught with the Round 1 drapes and used the Round 2 sets. Both performed perfectly well.
What’s New in Test Drapes Round 3
Already, the 12 Blueprints Test Drapes have no precedent. Improvements will continue to come on board with each Round of production. Terry and I are carefully studying the borders of the Seasons in terms of their boundaries in colour space. I doubt that either of us anticipated how truly fascinating and eye-opening the journey would be.
The Red Test Drapes have seen the biggest change. Previous sets were modeled after the Sci\ART drapes, with a cool, warm, and a neutral drape, either as warm neutral or cool neutral. In Round 3, both warm-neutral and cool-neutral are now present in each of the 4 Red Test sets, along with the pure warm and pure cool colours. Also, all 8 Neutral Seasons are represented in the 8 neutral drapes so every Neutral Season client should resonate highly with at least 1 of the 8. They are working beautifully.
Colour comparisons are more exciting than ever. Tolerances for specific colour dimensions may be tighter. More than anything else, I’m especially proud of the plasticity of these drapes. Based on our solid belief that colour analysis is entirely dependent on relationships and comparisons, we aimed to express the 3-dimensional truth of every colour. However the analyst moves in colour space or in the algorithm of the analysis process, this colour series will provide a powerful platform for her/his decisions.
Stunning and beautiful fabrics are used in the Red Drape and 12 Test series. This has been true in previous sets, though more so now, as we gain experience, skill, and confirmation from watching the drapes perform.
Broadcloth continues as the basis for the 4 Test sets to give all analysts standardized colours and to take advantage of the variety and consistent availability in those colours.
With additions to the Red Test series, the collection now comprises 112 drapes, not 108.
To reflect the increased number and fabric expense, Round 3 Test Drapes will sell, as of November 1, 2013, at CDN $3543.68.
For Analysts with Round 1 and 2 Sets
If you’ve already bought drapes and would like to expand your Reds to contain both a warm and cool neutral, email me and we’ll figure out what you have and what you need. We’ll work together to provide you with exactly what you want, ASAP.
You’re not missing out if you don’t. My Sci\ART sets served as the models for to the Rounds 1 and 2 sets, and have served me well for 4 years. Adding more bells and buttons to a car doesn’t mean it drives itself. Sometimes more is just more. Whether there are 3 or 4 drapes per value level in the Red Drapes does not in any way relieve the analyst of a single aspect of the criteria in the decision-making process.
If Terry and I trained you, you know how to drive. You know what to look for in the Red Drapes. You know which colour dimension they measure, and how to get indirect information about the other dimensions. The new drape additions are optional. You have had experience with a client whose parameters are reacting well and poorly in both the neutral and pure cool, with no 100%. You appreciate that it may just be that the drape is warm-neutral and the person is cool-neutral. Leave them both in, confirm later with the 12 Tests.
No decision is ever conclusive till it’s confirmed in a variety of contests, at least two, hopefully more, even if the evidence is indirect. Colouring/Season is not fully described by the Red Drapes, as you know. Depending on where the colouring leans in their Season, on the particular Season to which each red drape belongs, and sometimes just analyst familiarity with that face, results may differ. You still need to apply full-strength interpretive skills to the Reds. And you still should spend ages on the Key and 4 Test sets.
These are very fine drapes. Very fine.
6 sets of Luxury drapes each were manufactured, with 15 drapes in each of 12 Seasons.
The earlier article is here, which discusses their multitasking ability. The client perceives their first leap from theory and swatch into real fabric. Although your Test Drapes contain more colours than the Sci\ART sets, the Luxury Drapes still have enormous value as Season confirmation for analyst and client. Great Test Drapes are good. Experience is good. A backup is still welcome.
3 sets remain.
No further sets are expected until February or later.
There are 180 drapes, all stamped and tagged.
For Personal Colour Analysts, the cost is CDN $4860.00 + $631.80 (tax) + $29.00 (shipping inside US by FedEx; shipping outside the US depending on destination)
Though the Test Drapes are reserved for analysts trained by Terry or me, the Luxury Drapes are available to the entire Sci\ART and 12 Blueprints communities.
Personal Luxury Drapes
Numerous requests have arrived to offer the Luxury Drapes as single Season sets for clients who have enjoyed a Sci\ART-based Personal Colour Analysis.
I am glad to do so. There’s great value in having a colour analyst (two of us, in fact!) translate your swatches to their manifestation in fabric. Once you see how 15 of your colours are interpreted in various textiles, it’s far easier to imagine the other 40 to 50 colours in your colour palette.
The drapes will be the full 18″ X 34″ size that are in the analyst sets, grommetted, stamped, and tagged, just as an analyst receives.
Offering full sized drapes allows you to reach the drape fully round your shoulders to get the most colour effect. You are also ensured sufficient fabric to make outfits. You will enjoy watching the harmonies play. Take them shopping. The item you’re considering buying should be a great fit among these fabrics.
Analysts already have white, yellow, green, blue, and red in the Test Drapes. The Luxury Drapes contain colours that we don’t test with (purple, for instance), as well as beautiful versions of colours we do test with (more greens, reds, and so on). Test colours are somewhat proprietary and won’t be included. However, I do feel that you should have your white in your Personal Luxury Drapes. One colour will be substituted for white in these sets (unless you indicate otherwise).
I am excited to make this aspect of a working PCA’s tool kit available for you. The more ways you see your colours, the better you understand, recognize, and use them. There’s nothing I want more. Me being me, I’m already looking down the road, thinking about a selection of beautiful printed fabrics (which Terry and I have been wanting to do), wedding whites, or adding any other idea that seems brilliant.
To support the colour analysts, it is only right that they purchase the drapes at a lower cost than their clients.
Retail price for a set of 15 full sized drapes is CDN $465, therefore 15% more than for analysts. With 13% Canadian tax, the total is CDN $525.45. Please add $20 FedEx inside the US. Shipping cost to other destinations can be provided at time of purchase inquiry.
Only one Season’s set will be sold to an individual.
Other colour analysis systems use different colour collections in their Seasons. I don’t want our palettes to create conflict in their clients’ process or practice.
If you would like to purchase your own set of Personal Luxury Drapes, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be available only to clients of Sci\ART based analysts. If you wish to buy a set, please do mention with whom you had your analysis and when it took place when you email me.
A couple of announcements:
For Training Course Graduates
As a 12 Blueprints community, our understanding of human colour analysis grows in size and adds more layers each time we meet for a training course. I ask the Universe to please send me the people that I need for my own growth. It’s doing exactly that. I can’t express how fulfilling it is to end a 3-day course and realize that the students have once again taught me as much as I was able to show them.
To continue sharing the knowledge we build among our members, the posts entitled For Training Course Graduates will become more frequent. They will continue to be privileged (the password is in the Training Guide) but the title will appear on the main site as it does for all articles. Please do email me if you have difficulty accessing them.
The information base on this website is getting big. By requests, posts are now archived by month in the right column under Recent Comments.
They’re almost ready. Finding a wide variety of stunning colours for the Â three Winters that are not all Prom Satin and Wedding Whites in May and June is not so straightforward. I anticipate the end of August when they become available to purchase.
I want to talk today about the purpose of these Luxury Drapes, how they serve your client and your business as a 12-Tone or 12-Season personal colour analyst. They build value for your client, plain and simple, where most of the decision-making should be based. Your service can offer more, the client receives more, your credibility climbs, and your business name earns its reputation for fantastic payoff for the fee.
Before we get on to their purpose, we could talk about what they are.
Before that, we should clarify what the Test Drapes are and their purpose.
Â The Test Drapes
The Test Drapes are fabrics in colours that are organized into groups. You can call the groups Seasons or Tones or Natural Colouring Type. Each group shares the same or similar dimensions of colour (light-dark range (value), heat setting (hue), degree of pigment concentration (chroma or saturation)). The groups walk us through 12 combinations and controlled levels of the colour properties,Â moving along through a logic tree, comparing a human being’s colouring to themselves, until the best harmony is found. The tag on those Best Harmony Drapes is the client’s group or Season.
The Test Drapes (those I provide to my students and Terry Wildfong’s) are not intended to be a client’s best colours. There are no catch-your-breath WOW OMG colours in the Test Drapes. If there are some, it wasn’t planned, but OMG does happen because synchronous wavelength feels good to be around. We live on a planet of wave energy. We emit it ourselves. Seeing it feels almost like remembering or reconnecting. It’s a form of recognition, as “Oh, so this is how this is going to happen.”, like when a door opens and something you’ve been trying to figure out is suddenly easy and obvious.
People write to me saying they’d love to be trained as colour analysts because they’ve loved colour so much for so long, but they doubt their ability to see the optical effects I write about. Seeing it takes a little practice to learn what you’re looking for, that’s true. Seeing it isn’t the hard part at all. Everyone sees it. That’s the point. That’s why it’s so important to have it done and know your own colouring. The family members watching see it plain as day right from the start.
More requiring is coordinating how to think with what you see. Learning to plug the data that your right brain (images, impressions, emotions, associations, big picture observations) and left brain (measurements) are collecting as you watch the drapes change on the client
into an impartial deductive process that doesn’t overreach, get overly excited too soon, jump to nervous conclusions, or let in thoughts that begin with “It can’t be…” – I will let newly Â trained analysts speak for themselves but I would guess this is the harder part.
The Test Drapes are a ruler. A measuring tape. Instead of measuring bust, waist, hips, they’re quantifying hue, value, chroma. It’s hard to do by looking. Our visual system starts overlapping incoming signals. Warm colours often look more saturated than they are, like True Autumn. We can’t look at a blonde-haired blue-eyed person and see that their most significant colour dimension is highest saturation and know that they’re Bright Winter. If we just look, my belief, we literally can not know, as in not capable of knowing, because our eyes are not biologically set up that way. We have to measure.
Client can feel a little discouraged when they watch the Test Drapes, “You mean to tell me that these are the colours I have to wear????”
It’s natural and normal for the client to see the Test Drapes as potential clothing. They could be, but that’s not the point of them or how they were picked. It’s not the client’s job to understand their purpose. It’s the analyst’s job. We can reassure her that she doesnâ€™t have to wear these colours and yet, with every drape change, she’ll say, “I would never wear this colour!”Â The analyst has to keep saying, “You don’t have to. Youâ€™re not supposed to. They’re measuring you.â€ and be just as patient and happy about it as Beyonce when she climbs onto a stage to sing that same song for the 399th time.
The client’s response has some value, but not a lot. Half the people out there are drawn to colours that suit them and half are not. The analyst has to make independent decisions. Asking the client, “Is there a colour you’d never wear?” tells me more about how permissive Â she is about colours, how defensive, how open to change, or how adamant about not changing. It does not inform me as the analyst about what colours live in her body. Most folks carry too much convoluted colour history to know which colours do or don’t suit them, much less live in them, and they tend to lump them together. “I can’t wear green.” applies to nobody. Many Light Summers won’t wear yellow – yet, they’re made for the right yellow. It’s in them already.
If Â Terry and I picked middle-of-the-Season colours for the Test Drapes, you’ll need to be some Hot, Sharp, and Well-Rested colour analyst to make the right choice. New graduates won’t thank me. I wouldnâ€™t thank me. If I met me at a party, I would give me the cold shoulder for making my job so much harder. Â The colours have to be extremes. They should be a very awkward fit for every colouring but one.
The Test Drapes are chosen to be colours no other type of natural colouring, or Season, could wear as well or at all.
Now if it’s splendid colours you’re wanting, I have an answer for you.
Â The Luxury Drapes
The Luxury drapes are shown to the client once the Season is known and the Test Drapes are hung up. I show them before makeup with the gray scarf still over the hair, since that’s how our eyes learned her colouring, and again after makeup. She sees a selection of her beautiful colours in textile. It helps her make the leap from the swatch book to fabric. This is how she will understand her position within the 3 dimensions of colour in the physical world, how the idea will move from theoretical concepts inside her head to an idea come to life on the stage of her life.
A colour analysis is a huge experience squeezed into 3 hours. The client is taken way back to the most authentic trueness of herself. All the junk and inventions that have piled up over the years get flipped away. The Luxury Drapes are the first step in building her back up again, letting in only what’s real and right about her so she can recognize it forever more.
Sci\ART, the company whose founder, Kathryn Kalisz, developed this most remarkable system, Â used to sell sets of 8 and 15. I only have the 15s. IDK if the 8s were the same Â fabrics or not. I am aiming for 12. They’ll only be sold as 12 sets of 12. I would love to find enough colours to offer 15, but it may be a case of, “You can have them right or you can have them now, but you can’t have them right now.” If I hold out for 15, it will be next year before I can offer them. If sets gets larger in the future, we’ll figure it out with those who bought early. Offering smaller start-up sets isn’t likely to happen. I’d have to keep track of which colours everyone bought in Round 1. I might have all different fabrics once you’re ready to buy Round 2. Or worse, some fabrics may be too close to what you bought in Round 1. Save up. Do it once. Do it right. Don’t look back.
As with the Test Drapes, the Lux Drapes will be available only within the Sci\ART community, with priority given to those who have taken the training course from Terry or me.
Use the Luxury drapes as a means of developing her understanding of how to wear her colours. We can talk about saturation levels till the cows are home, milked, and fed. When she positions her limits is when she sees and feels them, not when she thinks and hears them. Colour is visual.
Seeing her colours as selected by an analyst helps her understand them. They can be compared to neighbour Seasons. Don’t show her Bright Winter periwinkle without showing Bright Spring’s alongside it, even just in the swatch books. Without visual comparison, our brain is stranded.
The Lux Drapes are her gateway to a world of possibility limited only by her creativity. She steps into a pleasure of harmony between her and everything she wears that she has not felt before. When the client leaves your office, it will be from your script as she met the Lux Drapes that she should be able to say a few words to a friend about these aspects of the new wardrobe that she will build and shape in time,
. her darkness range – is she white to black, chalk to pewter, or some other?
. her lightest colours as distance from white
. importance of contrast for her colouring and how to adapt it in attire
. purity of pigment, or saturation, and how to recognize it
.Â the unique radiance or glow that her Tone can achieve more beautifully and believably than any other
.Â use of correct hair and eye colour, explaining why hair colour is not always in our palettes or drapes
.Â her right and real hair highlight
.Â eyeshadows and neutral colours
.Â use of texture and how it influences the dimensions of her colours
.Â most flattering type of shine in fabric and metal
.Â colours of metals that flatter her most
.Â her best version of white and black
.Â what it means to say warm and cool versions of her colours if she’s a Neutral Season
.Â her best red lipstick red
.Â the complementary colours to skin undertone colour
.Â the unusual, unexpected colours
.Â how she will add interest, risk, fun, authority, or imagination to outfits… and look smarter, more trustworthy, and worth more $$
.Â how to begin incorporating the colours she finds more challenging
.Â colour schemes and combinations that work with her and for her
.Â a visual for colours that are not used to test, such as purple
.Â the fact that she has many colours that are not among her swatches, and how to achieve harmonic agreement in shopping situations
.Â that we really mean it when we say every colour goes with every other colour and she doesn’t need to own different makeup for different outfits anymore
.Â what to never put down money for again
. feelings of nervousness about exploring a new world she didn’t know existed, of colours that felt challenging, of some work ahead to make this place into a new home, and feeling that she has the tools she needs, will get better with time, and seeing the road ahead going forward and up
. how empowered she feels in this Â moment by all the knowledge you gave her, by knowing the colours of her parachute
Analysts would probably agree that many clients ‘get it’ for the first time when they see the Lux Drapes, or get how they’re going to do it.
The Luxury Drapes can assist in confirming Season. SomeÂ people’s colouring sits on the 49/51 border between two Seasons. Â Look for the magic. It will only be in one Season. Compare similar colours from each possible Season that the other would not wear as well, a blue to a blue or a red to a red, choosing the extreme versions. Every single Luxury colour has been harmonized to that Tone using the original Sci\ART palettes and the excellent palettes from True Colour Australia. For the client who hasn’t been convinced with the Test Drapes, the Luxury Drapes provide another means of increasing their confidence in their Season.
You can arrive at the correct Tone using the Test Drapes, of which you have 3 more per 12-Test Season than my original Sci\ART sets. You can be in business for a year or two before buying Luxury Drapes, or you may never acquire them. They are the next level investment.
Luxury Drapes are not the place to cheap out.Â I didn’t skimp on fabric. If it was evocative to me of that Season’s unique and unparalleled beauty, I bought it.Â This is the analyst’s chance to shine, to be irreplaceable, indispensable, to tell her things nobody ever has, based on all the scientific testing you just completed. This is where you pull it together for your client. They’re your client’s first chance to see and feel how her colour home will recognize, welcome, accept, and support her. As partners, join her in the first leap from the theory of the Test Drapes and Colour Book swatches to the reality of how they translate into clothing, cosmetics, hair colour…every thing she will buy from now on.
As the analyst, they are your best chance to change her relationship with an idea using something she understands. She doesn’t understand the hue/value/chroma package well enough to really use it in stores. That’s analyst jargon. Of course, it’s important to present it as the scientific basis for the process, but she won’t retain much from a crash course in colour theory, let alone call on it to guide her hair colourist. We need to speak to her in her language, not ours. Understanding how the pancreas secretes insulin is not going to help her manage her diabetes. That’s the doctor’s job. Knowing how to choose her diet and adjust her insulin dose, those she can implement tomorrow to make her life better. Seeing how her colours translate into fabric is what she’ll apply in stores at least as well as her chroma level.
The Lux Drapes are the wave up to which the whole colour analysis experience is building. Let them wash over her. Go slow. Let her soak them up. Use them as the fantastic teaching tool they are. Use them to position your business as a part of her life she can no longer shop without.
One Picture, A Thousand Words, A Million Feelings
They’re magnificent. I can hardly believe it myself.
More information down towards the bottom of this post: The PCA Training Course.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you in person. In your blog, you come across as very knowledgeable, generous, and gracious. It is pretty awesome to read your writing but to see all that in action is inspiring. You have a way of including everyone in the room and explaining things without making people feel small – very considerate and empowering for your clients and students alike. (I hope some of that rubbed off on me.)
I’m so happy that I made the decision to invest in your training course. It was a wonderful three days. I felt the days were paced very well and that there was a good balance of time with live drapings, theory, and discussions of both. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed my time with you and my fellow student. The training guide you wrote that accompanies the course was an excellent and fascinating introduction that was then brought to life during the course. It is also a great resource to turn back to. For those interested in color analysis that are considering taking this course, I’d highly recommend it. I left feeling confident that I can use the skills I learned to correctly analyze my future clients and knowing I have a great mentor to turn to for questions that arise. I am excited for the future of this field! Thank you so much!
Christine likes to use the word “gift”, and she does not use it lightly. In turn, I would like to say that being trained by her is truly a gift, and she will empower you to bring the amazing gift of personal color analysis to your own corner of the world. You need someone to train you who can both uncompromisingly think through and unabashedly feel PCA- and, true to the dedication of her book, Return to Your Natural Colors- this is what Christine does. She will prepare you to approach the discipline of PCA with your head and your heart. As you do many drapings with her, she will step back little by little throughout the course until, like a parent finally letting go of a child’s first two-wheel bike, she can see you are ready to journey ahead on your own. She is a brilliant wordsmith, an avid encourager, a diligent student of her craft, a master teacher, and a gracious woman. I couldn’t recommend her course more highly, and am happy to correspond with anyone about it (Christine can provide you with my email address).
I came home from my training with Christine feeling proud and excited. I had been an avid reader of her posts, so insightful and beautifully written. I knew if I was going to study personal color analysis, I wanted Christine as a teacher. I was also somewhat apprehensive about traveling to Canada alone, expecting it to be difficult, but it wasn’t. It was an easy destination and Christine herself took care of things like taking me to get groceries for the room! Christine is as good a teacher as she is analyst and writer. She teaches by example that patience and persistence are needed to find the very best colors for someone. I felt my training was excellent and exceeded my expectations. I also greatly benefitted from my own analysis. By seeing myself through Christine’s expert eyes, I felt more empowered to move forward. I’m so glad I took advantage of this opportunity!
If you’re considering taking this course, you should expect the experience to be very intense: I never once stepped outside the hotel during the three days, but who cares when there’s so much magic happening in the colour room! It’s truly amazing to see how different a person looks once they have their right colours on, and how the wrong ones can truly trick the eye into believing a person’s features have suddenly become distorted, never mind how weird it is to see the drape colour fade away when placed on the wrong person! You will learn many, many more things that you might have thought you knew, but to see really is to believe, and more than that, to understand how colour works. This isn’t the easiest skill to learn and there’s lots of information you need to be able to correctly evaluate a person’s colouring. I can’t imagine being able to perform a PCA without having been taught by an expert like Christine, who is a natural at teaching, giving you enough room so that you can learn by doing, but always there with a -suitably leading- question or comment when you need it.
Not only is Christine incredibly efficient, organised and thorough, but also extremely friendly and easy to talk to. She will do her very best to answer any of those questions that have probably been robbing you of your peace of mind for so long. Trust me, I arrived with a long list of them!
I highly recommend this course!
Johanna Järvinen, Finland
Much information can be found in previous posts, PCA Training Course Update and PCA Training Course Update 2. They are worth reading as they contain a lot of relevant and useful information that is not repeated here.
Below, the basic info.
You will learn the 12-Tone method developed by Sci\ART founder, Kathryn Kalisz, as taught to me by Sci\ART trainer, Terry Wildfong, who was certified personally by Kathryn Kalisz. I have added certain interpretations and explanations to better define my understanding and practice. These will alter the original Sci\ART training program. The draping process itself has not changed from the one I learned four years ago.
The Training Guide will be in the form of an 8×10 twin-wire bound book. It is called Discerning Our Natural Colours. It will be mailed to you once the deposit is paid 6 weeks prior to the date the course begins.
At the moment, it is only available with the course, which is how it will probably stay (therefore only to my students.)
Here is the cover.
The course will take place at the Comfort Inn, 1100 Richmond Av., Chatham, Ontario, Canada. The hotel is linked directly here.
Please mention that you are coming for the colour analysis training course when you book your room.
Until December 31, 2013, the price is $3000 Canadian. Of that amount, $250 is required as a deposit. The amount must be paid in full before the course begins. After January 1, 2014, the price is $3150 CDN (includes tax), now that a professional tailor is making the gray analyst coats that are included with the course fee. You also receive 1 gray client headscarf and 1 gray client cape included with the course fee. Additional caps and capes can be purchased for $20 each.
This amount does not include drapes or any other materials, food, or accommodation. It covers the Training Guide and the teaching only.
When to Pay
I have found that it is easier if I send you a PayPal invoice for the deposit 8 weeks before and for the course (and drapes if you’re taking them home with you) 10 days before. This avoids accidental transfers in other currencies and the catch-up math we have to do, looking up payment histories, exchange rates, and finally paying in amounts I won’t recognize a year from now.
If you live outside North America, I strongly suggest the deposit be paid 12 weeks in advance so that the course materials can be mailed in time for you to study with them and prepare your thoughts and questions. Please advise me as to how early you’d like to pay the deposit and begin your reading.
Course availability will go on a first-deposit-first-served basis, though I’m happy to hold a place for you unless someone else asks for it with a deposit, in which case, you’ll have first refusal.
If you are Canadian, the best method by far to pay is by e-transfer (your bank will go through the process with you; you and I simply need to verify the correct email address and agree on the answer to a security question that you set up).
If you’re a Royal Bank client, funds can be transferred directly by the bank (contact me for my bank’s Transit No. and my account information).
If you live in the USA, money can be transferred at www.paypal.com to the account at email@example.com. You do not need a PayPal account. It will be easiest to navigate the site if I send you an invoice first.
If PayPal is not agreeable to you, you can pay when here with Visa or Mastercard using a Square (www.squareup.com) on my iPad. This system can be glitchy and it’s not my preference, especially if you’re hoping to take drapes home with you.
Wire transfers can be a good option to internet money transfers if you prefer. Your bank will explain the process. There may be a fee. There is some information that you’ll need from me first (a routing number and other account information). Wire transfers should be completed 4 days before the course begins.
If you are outside Canada and the USA, the same choices apply as for US residents. Wire transfers should be completed 7 days before the course is due to begin.
Know and adjust your PayPal and Visa limits before leaving home if you are paying for drapes or other things while here. It is easier to adjust these from your home location than try to call banks from another country and time zone.
Should a circumstance in your life require a cancelation, I will refund 90% of the fee up, but only 80% of the fee in the 72 hours prior to the beginning date and time of the course. The deposit is not refunded.
Should a cancelation be required because of a circumstance in my life, I will refund 100% of the fee, as well as $150 of the deposit (the remaining $100 of the deposit will cover the Training Guide and shipping fees).
Should a cancelation occur because of weather and flight delays, I will refund 90% of the fee at any time and let you decide about the $150 of the deposit, in case you wish to take the course again in the future.
For all types of cancelation, I will hold the price of the course to whatever it was when the deposit was paid for one year, after which time, the price will be what is current.
Payments will move through the PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule and Activities
The precise scheduling will vary depending on availability of draping models. We will drape 8 people in total, of which 2 will be the students. I will do my best to ensure a variety of ages and colouring types, but I haven’t draped these people myself (in fact, I haven’t met many of them beforehand), so you won’t necessarily have seen a full set.
We will spend about 4 hours working with colour matching exercises in Munsell charts, the 12-Tone palettes, and textiles in solid colours and prints. These exercises will involve the practical use of hue, value, and chroma progressions and developing the skills to recognize, analyze, and feel harmony before it is applied to a human face.
We will also place cosmetics into their best Season. Please bring a sheet of paper with about 5 products of any sort except lip gloss, swatched down one side of the page, leaving a good inch between colours. Swatch it heavily in an area about 1 inch square.
Our 3 days begin at 8.30 AM and end at 8.30 PM.
If you have family or friends who would like to be draping models, they are most welcome and appreciated, and may be a comfortable ‘client’ for you to learn with. I need to know 3 or 4 months in advance because that’s how far ahead the models are scheduled. If family travels with you, they can join us or visit the area. I know a beautiful spa that does fabulous pedicures. Why, they could spend the day there.
The days are long. I know that. You may have trouble sleeping, especially if jet lagged. To be sure that you absorb the most possible information, I would like to adapt to your learning style and bio-clock. If you would prefer that the course run over 4 days from 9 AM to 5 PM, I am happy to arrange this pending hotel availability. The additional cost is $200 plus accommodations and meals.
As part of the course, we will analyze both students and apply their cosmetics. It helps if you’ve had a colour analysis in the past that involved drapes but I’m flexible about most everything. You shouldn’t come into something this big without having any idea of how you could look doing it. The analysis need not be recent , by me, or even Sci\ART-based. If you’ve had several PCAs and feel confused, even better.
We might find a different result than what you thought. That’s not to say I’m right and others are wrong, never that. We’re all doing our best. If it should happen, you must be prepared to use the event only as a growth opportunity to becoming a better colour analyst. To serve your client, you need to have been your client. If you figure you might feel irritated or need to contact the first analyst or discuss it among online groups, I will have trouble supporting you in the future. Demonstrate professionalism from the get-go. Keep in mind how others will feel having you as a colleague. You might one day need to ask for a favour.
I cannot stress this last point enough. Many will arrive here having read many colour books and may be regarded as something of an authority in their online groups. Hopefully your training will adjust that assumption. It would be presumptuous of me to tell anyone how to behave, or even to assume that you couldn’t hold yourself to a professional standard. However, I care very much with whom I am aligned for my own integrity and growth. If ever I see or hear any disrespect to colleagues or to the history of our profession, I’ll withdraw my respect, my support, and inclusion in the analyst directory on my site. These are not included with the course fee.
Such decisions are not related to financial matters or to my reputation, neither of which concern me very much. What matters to me is that we find the highest potential of service within ourselves and together as a community. If you can’t be that person, seek training elsewhere. If you have legitimate questions, ask them to me and we’ll figure it out. Over your career, you will arrive at a different Season than another analyst a few times too. Maybe a lot in the beginning. Nobody graduates from anything knowing all there is. The industry evolves, the knowledge base grows, and continuing education matters.
Once you go back home as a PCA, you will no longer be a member of the colour-loving public. You’ll be held to a higher code of conduct. You will need to keep silent at times where once, you might have joined in. Elevate your own character and you elevate all of us. Make a conscious decision to be part of building something together.
An 8×10 certificate of completion suitable for framing is included.
The HTML code to display a 12 Blueprints Certified banner on your website will be provided. The banner will link back to this page when people click on it. It will look something like this:
Travel and Hotel
This has been covered in the previous update articles. The hotel is the Comfort Inn, linked here.
Mention that you’re coming to take the colour training course.
This is a 2 floor, L-shaped hotel without an elevator. Ground floor is a little more costly but you won’t have to drag suitcases up stairs.
Ask specifically for a fridge and microwave in your room. Not all the rooms are equipped.
The hotel does include free WiFi. Buy a voltage adaptor if you’re coming from outside North America. Foreign countries are not consistent in terms of prongs, whereas all of N. Am. is the same, so it’s easier to buy before you leave home. If you haven’t found one and you’re arriving to the Toronto (Pearson) Airport, you can buy one at Front Page News. It is located on the Departures side of security, just by the gates as you walk off the plane into the terminal, across from Tim Horton’s coffee shop. They have many styles of adaptors.
Do not book the hotel through Expedia, hotels.com, or any other site. Call the hotel directly here in Ontario. Calling the 1-800 number on the travel website is not the same as dealing with the hotel, regardless of their assurances that it may be. If the hotel is booked using a 3rd party travel website, the hotel itself cannot access your rate or make any changes to your reservations should you arrive late, need a room change, etc.
If you’re flying into Detroit or Toronto and taking the RobertQ Airbus to Chatham, consider only packing carry on luggage so you’re not waiting on your luggage while the bus is leaving. This is not a huge issue because the bus allows plenty of time to collect your bags before leaving, but it has been mentioned to me.
For the Robt Q at Pearson Airport in Toronto, turn right out of domestic CDN arrivals or left from Intl. arrivals. The desk has a red sign above saying Out Of town services and is located near the Taxi/limo door. Get in the Robt Q lineup, as there are 4 bus companies operating from this desk.
Try to arrive in Chatham not later than 4PM to give us time to get you checked in, stock your room with the food you like, and have you well rested for morning.
Be sure to have your RobertQ airbus tickets reserved before leaving home if you are using this service to get to and from the airports. They can sell out for certain travel times and you may have longer waits at airports if you book at the last minute.
From Detroit: sometimes, you may have a 2-3 hour wait for the RobertQ bus. An option is Metro Airport Taxi 1-800-745-5191. They will take you from the airport, across the border, directly to the hotel for approx. $160US. They will also pick you up in Canada at the hotel and return you to the airport in Detroit. The drive time is about 1.5 hours. Call a week or two ahead to make these arrangements and then re-confirm 2-3 days before.
TEST and LUXURY DRAPES
If you are buying drapes,
Drapes will be available for sale to my and Terry Wildfong‘s students only at this time.
They have been harmonized with the original Sci\ART palettes and those from True Colour Australia. Instruction on how the drape sets are structured and intended to work together will be provided.
The drapes are beautiful, interesting, amazing, and complex. Like your computer, they can do more than you can, or at least, more than I can. The colours have been selected to do a lot of thinking for you. You’ll understand how to use them with our training and will grow into all that they will tell you. Terry consulted with me on the colours. We knew the strengths of the Sci\ART drapes and where they could be stronger. We wanted to create colour choices that would be unambiguous, very plastic in terms of how you choose to use them, provide you with abundant comparisons within the same colour family, and never repeat a single drape in any set.
If possible, I will have a full set of drapes here when you train, which you may choose to use. If not, you will learn with mine, as I did with Terry’s, which were quite different from my own. The transition was seamless. Two months went by between training and having my own drapes, also a non-issue.
If you might want to buy a set of drapes while you’re here and take them home with you, or wish to purchase them within 2 weeks of training, 8 weeks notice minimum are required. I will advise you a week before if the drapes will be here for you, in which case you’ll want to transfer the payment before arriving, around the same time as you pay the balance for the course.
If you want to see the drapes before you buy them, I will try my best to have a set here. If that’s not possible, I will certainly have fabric samples of all the colours. If you’re not bringing a computer to transfer the payment on PayPal, then bring a Visa or Mastercard. We can run the payment through an iPad with a Square (www.squareup.com).
If you live in outside the USA, bring carry on luggage to take the drapes home. The Test Drape collection weighs 23 lbs./ 10 kg inside a medium sized backpack. It takes up about 17 inches square of space.
If you live inside the USA, the drapes can be purchased and FedExed to you upon your arrival home from inside the US, where several sets are kept. Shipping cost is $28. This saves you the excitement of explaining them at the border.
If you want to defer the purchase decision for the drapes until after the course, that’s perfectly fine. If there are sets available, they will be held for you and shipped with receipt of the full payment. If you’re undecided about the purchase, any available sets will be sold right away. If sets are not available at the time and you decide that you’d like to buy them, expect an 8 week wait between deciding to buy them and having them shipped. Not to worry, production will be continuous if demand is there.
The sets include 4 Key, 20 True Season 4-Test, 16 Red Test, and 72 12- Tone 12-Test drapes for a total of 112 drapes.
The cost for the Test Drape Complete Collection of 112 drapes is Canadian $3543.68.00, which does include tax, but does not include shipping. Drapes are sold as complete sets only. This is of crucial importance, as they have been planned and tested to work together when compared to one another.
It helps to be aware of your country’s maximum import limit. Dividing the shipment into parcels below that limit keeps the paperwork simpler on your end.
Drapes measure 18 x 34 inches each.
Each drape is stamped. Tags are included. A letter outlining the drapes and their use will be sent as a PDF.
Because the Test Drape sets are so generous in number, you’ll be well equipped to begin draping. The Luxury Drapes (more in the article The Value of the Luxury Drapes) are those drapes that are used after the Season is identified to show the client their beautiful colours in fabric and talk about how to wear them. These are the drapes that bring the magic home. They have been called Final Drapes and Masterpiece Drapes at various times in the past. There are 15 colours per tone for a total of 180 drapes. The price is $5491.80, which does include tax but does not include shipping (approx. $29 inside the US, approx. $48 inside Canada, and per country for other destinations).
Each drape is stamped. Tags are included. A letter outlining the drapes and their use will be sent as a PDF.
I am happy to address any other questions by email or in person when we meet.
If you are NOT buying drapes,
Reconsider taking this training course. The analysis system doesn’t work with other colour palettes, other colour analysis philosophies, or colour selections that have not been tested and measured to be extremely precise in accordance with how they will be used.
The option to sell the course and drapes together as a package is not my first choice, but in reality, that is how it should be for your clients to get what they will expect. What I work towards all the time is the creation a system that’s exact and consistent such that within the system, women are no longer being told they are various different Seasons. If you don’t use the drapes intended for this analysis system, you will get incorrect results, different results than your colleagues, and dissatisfied clients.
I would like to teach colour analysis to anyone who feels passionate about learning it, but I don’t want the training course’s reputation to be compromised by wrong results because an analyst is using colour palettes (drapes) inconsistent with the precision of the Sci\ART method and its calibrations. And vice versa…I can’t sell the drapes alone and hear about wrong results because they’re being used with another analysis system or method.
Conclusion – if you’re not buying the drapes, this is not the right course for you.
The books of swatches by www.truecolour.com.au and www.indigotones.com are excellent. Both will be here for you to view.
Before you arrive, please send me, in a single email entitled The Facts:
1. Your street mailing address so I can send your course package.
2. Your name exactly as you want it on your certificate.
3. Your arrival and depart times in Chatham if you’re taking the Robert Q so I can pick up you, save you taxi $, it it’s between 8AM and 8 PM.
4. Which size of analyst coat is best? S, M, or L ? Until November 1, 2013, this is included in the course price and yours to take home. I will try to have both sizes available, more certain if I know ahead of time. The neutral gray analyst coat is yours to keep. A neutral gray client headscarf and client cape are also provided for you to keep.
Once you get home, please send me:
1. If you’re writing a press release for your local paper, or even if you’re not, I’d love to do a blog post introduction article for everyone I train and their new business. Since I can’t say what you want heard, it would be grand if you’d write it and send me a photo of you. We don’t have to do this if you prefer not, entirely up to you.
2. The URL for your website once you have it, to add to a 12 Blueprints Certified Analyst Directory. It will include the contact info you want posted, a link to your introduction article if we do one, and a link to your website.
3. And in the coming days or weeks, if you have time to write a few sentences by way of testimonial for a Course Testimonial page, I would surely appreciate it. In that paragraph, if you are willing to share your comments and feedback with anyone considering the course via a more private communication where both parties can be more open, please share a link or email address where you can be reached.
Additional Course Dates
I will gladly insert more courses at our convenience. Please email me at email@example.com to discuss this further.
The Course as of January 1, 2014 will be priced at $3150.00 CDN. This is only to reflect the change from having a seamstress making the neutral gray analyst coats to having them made by a tailor in a wider variety of sizes. My aim is to have several here for you to try on and select the best fit in the most professional finish possible.
The Test Drapes for Round 3 (present Round) are priced at $3543.68 CDN. Although broadcloth continues to be the fabric used in the 4 Test or True Season sets to provide colour standardization across analysts, all Red and 12 Test (12 Season) sets are comprised of beautiful fabrics. While previous Test Drape sets are technically very accurate, also including excellent fabrics and colours, and create the optical effects we use to analyze colouring very effectively, there have been changes and additions, as will happen now and again. More information here.
More drapes have been added to the Red Test drapes, including a warm-neutral and a cool-neutral in each of the 4 value levels, with the bonus of having each of the 8 Neutral Seasons represented within the 8 neutral drapes. Therefore, the full set is now 112 drapes rather than 108. Comparisons are clearer across sets, with more stretching of the parameters of colour space for each Tone and less similarity between Seasons that might be compared to one another.
I cannot predict the price for drapes beyond the current production round (9 sets are made in each round) or how quickly they will sell. Most importantly, my commitment is to continued learning, detailed observation and testing, colour expansion, experimentation, imagination, feedback responsiveness, and quality – the full exploration of colour space in textile as a measuring tool for human colouring. Should brilliant possibilities arise, I will incorporate them.
Another update. Maybe it will just be a stream of updates instead of a Grand Opening.
The first session of the course has taken place. From my perspective, it was all that I hoped it would be. I think that the student, now my friend and colleague, would agree but would not presume to speak for her. She has graciously agreed to speak with anyone who would like to know her impressions. After three days with me, she knows that I insist on brutal honesty instead of compliments and flattery, which just make me suspicious. She’ll tell you the truth because I asked her to. Â e-mail me and I’ll pass on her contact info. If you call, needless to say, be sure that it’s on your dime.
From the previous update:
The Training Guide info still applies. I’ve decided to have it bound into a book. More waiting. I’ll send you the manuscript and replace it at my cost with the finished book. It is wordy. So am I. It is written for left and right brain learners, which means that your reaction to large parts of it may be, “I have no idea what she’s talking about.” That’s a good open-minded starting point. You will have plenty of ideas by the time you leave and learn more each time you re-read it. If you’re a person who learns better by paring things down to bullet points without all the flowery words, you will be happier with a different trainer than me.
The Course Schedule still applies. We will spend about 4 hours working with colour matching exercises in Munsell charts, the 12-Tone palettes, textiles, and cosmetics. These exercises will involve the practical use of hue, value, and chroma progressions and developing the skills to recognize and feel harmony before they’re applied to a human face.
Certificate, same. I NEED TO KNOW your name exactly as you would like it to appear on your certificate at least 4 weeks before the course.
Lodging is still at the Comfort Inn on Richmond Avenue in Chatham, Ontario. When you book the hotel room, tell them that you’re coming for the PCA Training Course with me. Let’s work together to give future students the best rate and service possible.
Food when traveling is never easy. I’ll gladly take you to a grocery store to stock your room (fridge in it) with your preferences. You’ll need to arrive early enough the day before, between noon and 5 PM if possible. We won’t have time once the course starts. We’ll always have a kettle and access to tea and coffee. There are quick and easy restaurants within 5 minutes walk. My tired, hungry student ordered in a hot meal. Smart idea, comforting result.
Cost, same. The cost of the course is presently $3000. This does not include the drapes or any other supplies or equipment. The price can change at any time unless you have reserved a spot (the deposit needÂ not have been paid but canceling without giving 2 months notice may mean a long delay before another spot opens up).
Change some $ at your bank to CDN currency for taxis.Â Merchants here often take US money but the exchange rate isn’t reliable. Your Visa can be used for most things including food but your ATM card may not be recognized.Â If you have extra US currency when you leave, I’m happy to buy it back at a 1:1 exchange for amounts under $50 when the exchange hovers at 90 cents to $1.10 for both currencies. Banks can change it more fairly probably.
The RobertQ airbus will bring you across the border, and into Chatham from Detroit or Toronto. The taxi ride from the ChathamÂ drop-off to the hotel is expensive ($15). If you get into Chatham between 8 AM and 8 PM, I can meet you and bring you to the hotel 5 minutes away.
If you do need a taxi, when you get here to the Truck Stop of the Robt Q, taxi phone numbers: (dial all digits in Ontario; first numbers in SW ON are 519 unless otherwise indicated)
Chatham Radio Cabs: 519-351-1232
Courtesy Cab: 519-352-2300
Ace Taxi: 519-352-1000
Expect a modest farming town. We are on the edge of an industrial park. There are million dollar homes but not where we will be.Â Expect also lower prices, no traffic, no distractions, no temptations, and short distances. If you were hoping for shopping, shows, restaurants, or any other fanciness, you may be disappointed.
You need a valid passport for yourself and anyone you travel with.
If someone is traveling with you, they can come in the room with us and watch the analysis and they would be welcomed as draping models, or they should bring some reading. I have a magnificent hair stylist. I get Guided Facials from a woman who can plug into where my life is at that moment and what I need to hold in my thoughts and heart to feel and find the right path. Love her, love her product (www.nancykbrown.com). We have an awesome used bookstore. I buy 2/3 of my clothes at our Value Village.
I NEED TO KNOW the URL for your business website. There will be Directory of 12 Blueprints Analysts on my website. I’m not sure yet if it will be set up like the present Analyst Directory for Sci\ART analysts, or differently. Open to all ideas to make it nifty. We’ll cross-link our websites.
I will have a neutral gray analyst coat for you to wear. You can try on two sizes of those for sale. There are samples of neutral gray fabric in your course package if you prefer to purchase clothing or have some made. Caps, capes, and headscarves for clients are also available, or you can make your own. Be sure to get the colour right. It can’t tend pink, blue, yellow, or green. You should be able to see no colour in it at all.
IÂ NEED TO KNOW whether you fit into a size US 6-12 (S-M) or US 12-18 (M-L).
Being able to say to every single person, “You are fine just the way you are. If you never change a thing, I would love you just as much.”
Releasing every single person from, “If you make yourself the way I want you to be, I’ll like you more.”
Until we get there, we can’t say the same thing to ourselves. Now we’re cut off ourselves off from being a happy human and a free one.
When the client leaves, they do not want to be anyone else and neither would you.
Happy and free humans.
This was a right brain digression. You can only live in one brain hemisphere for so long.
With your permission, I will introduce you to the person taking the course with you once the deposits are paid. Please don’t share your Season if you know it or your colour story. Each of you can pretend to be the client for the other.
We will drape a model or two before draping you. As my first student said so perfectly, “You should continue to do that.Â They will know what to look for, and they will be able to see themselves more objectively after having opportunity to encourage others to do so.”
We will drape both students (2 max per session), which means appearing without makeup for a half-day. I understand if you would prefer to schedule this when we’re not meeting clients, while others won’t care. I’ll need to schedule draping models around your own analyses. Please LMK if you have a preference, for instance one evening or first thing in the AM before we meet the public.
These private individuals have kindly given three hours of their time. They do appreciate that this is your training, not their draping.
They have been asked to discuss their real situations with you. Feel free to ask if you can take pictures for purposes of later study only, with absolutely no sharing of the photograph. Ask the question before the draping session begins. It is the models’ choice to agree or decline.
Should one of these photos ever make its way onto an online colour site or anywhere else but your private library, this privilege will be retracted for everyone, as will any personal or professional respect or support from me for the person who shared them.
No recording of the training or draping sessions is permitted, neither audio nor video.
You are free to use a digital camera to photograph equipment and set-up. Once I got home from my training, I couldn’t recall all the details of the lighting adjustments, the chair design, etc.
Intensity (Or How To Merit Distinction)
The student said, “You should probably warn them of how relentless this will be.”
She’s right. What a fantastic analyst she is now and will grow into.
We will work from 8.30 AM to 8 or 9 PM for 3 solid days. We will take a one hour break for lunch and supper.Â You may visit nearby restaurants, and they are not fancy, or have food in your room. There is a fridge in the hotel room at the Comfort Inn. Coffee and tea are available all day. For these 3 days, no time will be available for dining out or sightseeing. You will not need to rent a car.
You will be physically tired. You will be on your feet for hours on end, meeting strangers.
You will be emotionally drained. Among my intentions is to blow any leftover stereotypic ideas about how each Season looks to Kingdom Come, among the greatest gifts my trainer gave me.
You may or may not arrive figuring that you’ve read all the books on colour and the training is a formality – and you may have to accept that it isn’t so. You may be someone who takes a look at an arriving client and consciously or subconsciously decides what Season they look like. We’ll see how deadly and deeply wrong of a pattern that is.
If you thought they were a certain Season, we’ll work to disprove that one above all, for you and for them. Â Within a week of being back home, the folks online or the aunt who did colours in the 90s will get into their head with, “Oh, you just can’t be a Soft Autumn. That lipstick is too strong.” Your client will be able to say, “I know what I am and you’re wrong.”
And when we drape you and you get back home and the folks online get into your head…but they won’t. You’ll never listen to them again. If you do, I’ll revoke your certificate (just kidding) (half-serious). They don’t mean harm. The problem is that they have never seen a thorough analysis or enough real, regular, everyday people who have been correctly analyzed. They have an excuse. You won’t.
True story. On the phone, I once asked Kathryn Kalisz how she responds when asked what the Season of friends might be. She laughed, “I have no idea.” That’s the only correct answer. To know an amount of something, the choices are to guesstimate or to measure against something calibrated like a ruler. Suppose the amount in question is the hue, value, and chroma in a human being, which is the Tone, after all. Hard enough to judge one at a time in a paint chip, wait till you try to do all three at once in a face.Â You can guesstimate, but after enough apparent Soft Autumns leave you a Bright Winter, you’ll be laughing too. Or you can measure. The drapes are the ruler.
Am I relentless? Maybe. I hope your training is rigorous. If my name is on the certificate hanging on your wall, I want the public to know that your training was tight and meticulous. Sloppy is not how we will work. I’m not rude or harsh. You don’t need any special aptitudes. Success is 90% perspiration, right? All you need is love, passion, willingness to be wrong, and commitment to learn truth.
You can do this. Part of doing it with excellence, or even competence, is to know when you’re being careless. We’ll examine ourselves if we slip-slide into carelessness. If the public expects any human or machine to be 100% accurate all the time, they need to get over that unless they want to be righteously indignant all the time. I want you to be known for excellence. In your town, if someone wants a PCA, I want the word to be out, “Just get her to do it.”
As a colour analyst, you will notice that until you deconstruct everything your client believes she knows about colour and herself in colours, she can’t release wrong beliefs and the process can’t move forward. Everybody’s stuck. I’ll do the same to you. Until you can say, “I can accept any outcome. I do not know what is going to happen next.â€ you can’t be open to every possibility equally, 1/12 for each one.
We’ll learn to fight back when assumptions (“Her hair is so light, she can’t be a Dark Season.”) drive decisions. That’s when theories twist facts. If the facts are, “Her lips are good here, her skin there. But that can’t be, can it?â€ we’ll learn what to do and what to never do.
We will learn to never skip steps, figuring that you can anticipate a result – what if some of our previous facts were actually incorrect? You can’t know what you don’t know but you can learn to know when you don’t know. It will make you 1000 times more accurate in the end. The world of PCA is fraught with error because we look at what the person’s colouring should be or resembles or reminds us of. We ignore what it is until we are shown how to see.
You will be mentally drained. There is value to you in working through challenging situations with me while you’re here. I’ll set up logic roadblocks and you’ll learn how to navigate through them with me to help you. We’ll practice the algorithm in as many of its permutations as possible and put you in real life situations that we can work through together so you can be clear and correct once you get back home doing it alone.
You will leave convinced of how very dissimilar people of the same natural colouring group can be, in looks, personality, size, everything. Our genetic code doesn’t read our colour textbooks. A doctor will tell you that maybe, maybe two in ten cases of pancreatitis will present identically. Some will have 4 of the 20 symptoms in the books. Some will have 0. With experience, you develop an innate feeling for the disease but will misdiagnose cases that didn’t read the textbooks unless you remain aware of our human tendency to pigeonhole and then convince ourselves afterwards that we were right to do so.
We’ll see that personality is irrelevant and misleading to guiding a PCA. We don’t know anybody well enough, least of all ourselves, to pre-judge people. The character of the colours is one thing and it is relevant in terms of the language and responses with which they communicate to us. The character of the person is neither here nor there in helping find their Tone. Neither are the keywords in each Season chapter of RTNYC (blue book in right column on this page)
Together, we will learn to look at each new person, beyond outward appearance, and find the true colouring they hold.Â Help them imagine a different tomorrow. Imagining sparks excitement and possibility. This is a life of service to others in doing something that you love, and discovering that your own growth is wrapped up in the same package. It is only in helping others that we can help ourselves.
I am asked, “Do you only know beautiful people?”
Yes, I do. And so do you. I will show you how to discover that they are more beautiful than you or they ever dreamed possible.
Many have been asking for information about the upcoming Colour Analysis Training Course. Here is what I have so far:
The Training Guide
…is not printed yet. Won’t be too long.
This is a technical document. You are 100% certain NOT to know your Season or anyone else’s after reading it even if you own the Sci\ART coloured drapes. Your odds of telling Season are higher from my other book, Return to Your Natural Colours (RTYNC), over there in the right column. A live colour analysis contains far too much sensory information to be written down. For some of it, there are no words, only feelings. Like surgery, instruction manuals only get you so far. You have to be shown a few times until you can figure it out on your own.
Little or nothing is included regarding personality or clothing styles. Also, besides speculation, there is no information about colour mixing, which isn’t my field. And it need not be yours. Doctors couldn’t go into the lab and formulate your medications but they sure do know how to use them.
The book will be presented in a binder so that updates can be printed as single pages and mailed to all those who have taken the course.
Some may be disappointed (and some delighted) that I didn’t write a simple manual that presents the discipline as it would be applied by anyone using or teaching the Sci\ART colour system, meaning a distillation of the non-negotiable standards that Kathryn Kalisz, the founder of Sci\ART, would have insisted on. I couldn’t do it.
First, I doubt that a consensus would be easy, or possible, to arrive at. It would take a year. I’m not very good with delays.
Second, and I think the biggest challenge we will face if, one day, we can form a Sci\ART-based collaborative, is that even Sci\ART analysts trained by Sci\ART trainers don’t concur on method and decision-making. Women are still being told they’re three different Seasons. That’s a problem for another day.
Third, I always have to tell a story for some reason. If I’d written a How To guide, I’d feel like I’d taught half the course, or only engaged half of your brain, the left side. That’s not at all how I see colour analysis, or anything else, for that matter. It wouldn’t be my course at that point. I wouldn’t be singing from my heart.
This manual does not repeat or resemble Kathryn’s Understanding Your Color. I am hoping that text is and will continue to be available from Suzanna Greif at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have not been able to contact Suzie, so I cannot say at this time. Kathryn’s book remains essential, perhaps a springboard for mine.
Don’t compare these two training guides to RTYNC or to each other. Apples to oranges. They were written for different audiences to be used in completely different contexts for altogether different purposes. Such comparisons have no relevance.
The Guide will not be for sale to the public for at least 6 months after the Training Course is first offered. It will cost $80 to buy. I’m not quite sure when it will be for sale. The thing is, it’s of very little use to you unless you take the course. You won’t be missing anything regarding what you know about your Season or Tone.
The Course Schedule
The Course Schedule isn’t posted because each session will require flexibility, given the private schedules of draping subjects. We will drape a minimum of 6 assorted people, including the course participants. We will spend sufficient time on theory and practical exercises involving the Munsell colour system, but our focus will be draping.
Prior to arriving, I ask that you have read through the Training Guide that will be mailed to you with your deposit, as well as my previous book, Return to Your Natural Colours. I hope that both are self-explanatory enough to save us some time in the classroom so we can move on to the practical applications quickly.
Please bring with you a page or two of makeup swatches on paper (anything and everything except lipgloss which quickly becomes a transparent oily stain on paper). We will look at clothing colours as well, so bring scarves and fabric if you wish.
We’ll end each day with a glass of wine or herbal tea, maybe strongly caffeinated coffee, let me know your preference, and our feet up. Bring your questions. The course will not cover personality or body lines (Kibbe and other dress styles). We will touch on makeup application, but briefly. I am happy to discuss these informally after the day’s session ends.
The course will run over 3 days, whether in Chatham or London, Ontario, depending on whether you’re coming from the Detroit or Toronto directions. I will make myself available for the 1/2 day before and after as well.
Once the course has run a couple of times, we may firm or reorganize the schedule based on student feedback.
I have some sort of built-in requirement to be very transparent. In my usual way of overdoing everything, I’ll probably overdo this next section. Please pardon me for that, but I really want you to know what you’re getting for your investment.
As you know, the Sci\ART system of colour analysis is the one I was trained in and the one that I believe works. I never met the founder, Kathryn Kalisz, though we did speak on the phone and by email several times. Â By the time I knew what the most profound questions were in colour analysis, she was gone. We never talked about her intentions or priorities for her business.
I have not taken any instruction to become a trainer in that system. The training you receive from me will not differ from what I was taught by a Certified Sci\ART trainer in terms of the analysis process or deductive reasoning that goes along with it – but by necessity, my spin will be on it.
Every ideology has a beginning and then is moulded by each mind with which it makes contact. I will teach you the Sci\ART system as I learned it, adapted only in how I implement the algorithm and application for the client. The closest to the original Sci\ART training will come from highly respected Certified Sci\ART trainers, Amelia Butler and Maytee Garza and perhaps others who are not training at the present time. I am unaware if these women are or will be teaching. You’ll have to ask them. Â Amelia can be contacted via her website at www.truecolour.com.au. Maytee has relocated and the only contact information I have for her is an email at email@example.com. Her website at www.revealstyleconsultancy.com may still be active as well.
The language gets sticky. Although I can call myself a Sci\ART Analyst, having learned from a Sci\ART trainer, you won’t be able to. Your certificate will say, “has earned the designation of 12 Blueprints Colour Analyst, training based on the Sci\ART concept, adapted by Christine Scaman”, or something similar. That would be fair and true.
If anyone wonders how it’s adapted, they need only read this website. A rare few people actually invented what they teach. Attribution is important and tells everyone where you got your start and the foundation of your belief system. I don’t want to get wrapped around this axle too tight, but you ought to give it some thought and decide your position about it. If it matters to you to be a “Sci\ART Analyst”, you must see Maytee or Amelia, or another trainer if they teach once more.
The Certificate, so beautiful, I wish I had one myself, will look a lot like this. I’m happy to consider different wording if anyone has suggestions.
You can be certified under my name and current business name. The name 12 Blueprints Â may have changed by then, oh, the excitement about that. Finally, I may have a name I like better, words spoken by a brilliant woman way back when I was getting started. Digression, sorry. Â My own name probably carries the brand recognition and credibility anyhow. As one practical and forward-thinking woman said, “Who cares what it’s called?” If I change my business name, I’ll mail you a new certificate for free. I’m not diminishing the components, just trying to get something done and keeping the focus on the things that matter.
Tiger swallowtail butterfly.
Business and Marketing
Too many courses give you lots of knowledge and not enough information about how to turn that into a dollar. If you want to do a single PCA per month, that’s fine. My vision is to have an analyst in every city and state who earns a good living. Along with the skills to know Season, a portion of this guide (although not the in-personÂ course) is devoted to getting you thinking about a full time business, sharing with you what it’s taken me 4 years to learn.
In business, you know what the Value Proposition is – what you offer and how you deliver it. I believe that we need to deliver more to the client than their Tone and the swatches. Give her what she really wants. She wants better hair colour. Whatever the product, its final form has to take into account human behaviour, meaning how real people will use it. Make a study of that and then adjust the product to suit the human, just like Munsell did when he made up his colour system. You’ll offer way more value.
For my own clients, the VP is incomplete till she feels guided and empowered, makes better makeup decisions on her own in stores, and has acquired discernment skills regarding the wrong voices that once influenced her. You must choose your own stand on this. The guide contains a section about transferring your VP to your clients in process, support, and professional attitude.
As an instructor, my VP to you is not to pronounce your clients’ Season. That’s not what you want, or not most of you. My assumptions are that you want:
- to be an accurate and excellent colour analyst,
- practicing a skill that you love with passion,
- with the freedom that earning an income will bring to the rest of your life.
I want you to leave me with the horsepower it takes to get reach altitude fast and start earning. The business section in the guide includes appendices to get you one beautiful, slick website along with installation and support for little time or financial cost, contact names for key partners, and the shopping lists you’ll need to open your doors in two weeks. Start thinking of a business name and where you’re going to buy your makeup collection.
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The introductory cost for the 3 days is $3000CDN. That price is not guaranteed for any date or period of time. Email me if you are ready to make a commitment and we’ll talk. The price includes the Training Guide, the 12 Season Cycle on cardboard and as a laminated page, and a flowchart of the draping process as a laminated sheet, along with the training.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required. The Training Guide will be mailed to you for study when the deposit is received in the PayPal account. The entire amount of the course must be received prior to taking the course.
Should a circumstance in your life require a cancelation, I will refund 90% of the fee up, but only 80% of the fee in the 72 hours prior to the beginning date and time of the course.
Should a cancelation be required because of a circumstance in my life, I will refund 100% of the fee, as well as $150 of the deposit (the remaining $100 of the deposit will cover the Training Guide and shipping fees).
Should a cancelation occur because of weather and flight delays, I will refund 90% of the fee at any time and let you decide about the $150 of the deposit, in case you wish to take the course again in the future. Payments will move through the PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can consider taking Visa but hundreds of people seemed to do very well with PayPal when they bought RTYNC. This is far better for you than exposing vendors like me to your credit info, especially since you won’t be making repeat purchases from my business. PayPal allows you to buy a wide, wide variety of products and services on the internet.
To give you some real comparison, I took the Sci\ART course in April 2009. The training cost 2200 US plus travel expenses. The drapes were 3800 CDN for the full set, excluding Tonal Blacks and the Wedding drapes. The US exchange rate at the time cost $700 more. It is what it is. Lamps, cosmetics, wall paint, a client chair, mirror, shelving, desk, and so on, all had to be bought.Â I spent 5K of my own and borrowed 5K that was repaid in a most casual fashion within three years. You can’t be in business for yourself from household expenses.
You can’t be in business for yourself for less than 10K in today’s world – it was 10-12K back then, probably more like 12-14K today – and this does not include the add-ons that can wait, like Luxury Drapes, extended makeup collections, and other non-essential items that you integrate over time. But you certainly can be in business for yourself. This is still way cheaper than 6 months to 3 years at a community college and still spares you the process of job applications and interviews.
The motor on the PCA engine is revving much higher now in the public awareness than it was back then, so I hope you’ll progress faster than I have. I cannot speak for other analysts regarding how many bookings they have. A lot depends on how willing and able you are to move locations – and if you are, you can be booked to the point of exhaustion. I see between 6 and 10 clients each month, but I reserve time for other things (another job, writing, and three teenagers). There are full-time analysts in the US who see 20 to 30 clients per month. Till you get your feet on very solid ground, which takes 4-6-9 months, three appointments per week are plenty to allow you time to think, build, and grow. The job takes emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental stamina.
Black swallowtail butterfly.
The course will take place either in Chatham or London, Ontario. Elsewhere? No idea yet. A work permit in the US takes about 6 months, an immigration lawyer tells me, and without one, you can be barred for 5 years. Not risking that. I adore the US.
Chatham is less than one hour from the US border at Detroit-Windsor. It is about 1hr 15min from the Detroit Airport excluding border crossing time, which may take 15- 45 minutes depending on the lineup. The hotel will be the Comfort Inn on Richmond St. Room rates are $88 (upstairs, 2 stories, no elevator) or $93 downstairs. Check in time is 2 PM, check out at 11 AM. Cancelations are accepted at no penalty before 4PM the day before. If due to weather, the policy is much more free, though I’ll let the staff make those arrangements with you when you book your room. Local phone number is Â 519-352-5500. Tell Lisa or Brooke on the front desk that you’re reserving with this course.
The drive from Chatham to London is 1 hour, so 2hr 15min from the Detroit aiport. From the Pearson Airport in Toronto, the drive to London is 2 hours. The hotel is the Travelodge at 800 Exeter Road. Room rates are about $70 per night. Local phone number is 519-681-1200. Nicole on the front desk ranks in the top 5 of most helpful staff I’ve ever met anywhere.
You are more likely to need a car in Chatham than London, though really, you don’t need a car. You’ll stay in the hotel where the course will run. There are two restaurants within a 10 minute walk and taxis for about $10. It’s a small town.
In Chatham, winter weather is the same as Detroit. London and Toronto can be the Great White North that you hear about, but they’re still pretty tame most of the time.
A minibus exists (www.robertq.com) from both airports to both cities. It will take you across the border at Detroit-Windsor. In Chatham, it stops at a truck stop that is 5 minutes from the hotel. In London, it stops across the street from the hotel.
Consider arriving early and leaving late in case of weather, time overflow, etc. I will plan to be available for 4 days (1/2 day before and after), though the course will be formally complete in 3 days.
Given enough notice, we can be quite flexible and I’m happy to work around your availability. Monday-Wednesday or Tues. – Thurs. seems reasonable, but weekends are manageable as well. I hope to offer the first session in late Feb. or sometime in March.
Anything else you might like to know?