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Joint Training Synopsis

It is our deepest wish and intention to train colour analysts to the highest level of accuracy in human colour analysis. Now that I have been training analysts for a year or so, and Terry for much longer than that, we wanted our courses to streamline as much as possible for consistency of content. It matters to us that your return on this investment be major.

Terry’s and my script as we move through the PCA process is quite different. We wanted to give our students exposure to both, understanding that as instructors, we are more effective by adapting the material to each student’s learning approach. All people, teachers and students, have R or L brain tendencies. For our own development as analysts and to provide students with the best experience, working together has been invaluable.


In the past month, we held two joint training sessions. Here are some of the concerns and solutions from last week’s debriefing.


1. For a couple of models, we did not arrive at the same Season.

This can always happen. The process is far more difficult, detailed, and in-depth than people realize. Students are consistently taken aback by the thoroughness of a good PCA. It is very clear that no living human being has, or can have, an unbiased visual system. The process and drapes must maximize the great value of our intuitions and instincts without introducing error.

For the course in Chatham, 7 of the 8 models had not been previously analyzed. Terry and I agreed on every outcome, including the 8th. Our path to the answer was not identical, which is neither necessary nor significant. With one model, one of us took the path of Spring heat to arrive at Bright Winter, while the other took the path of Autumn darkness in this particular comparison. Bright Winter colouring needs both so either preference would be good. The algorithm, followed correctly, would never eliminate a Season prematurely.

For the course in Michigan, former students had previously draped the models. Season outcomes did not always match. Both disturbed and excited, Terry and I examined the possible reasons. Why excited? Because the Autumn in us likes to know how things work and needs to fix them until they work. If the original drapes had been 100% perfect, the drapes that students buy today would not be as magnificent as they are.

The reason for differing results is unknown, and probably not that exciting after all. As instructors, the angle of vision is altered as we’re not in our usual place behind the client. The drapes are not switching as often while we help the student maneuver them. The distractions of worrying about time, and speaking to the student rather than the client add up. Unlikely that the drape colours were the cause since those now match very closely between analyst sets. Nevertheless, if there is space for improvement and learning, we intend to use it.

Conclusion: More joint training sessions with models that neither of us has draped previously. Note that under PCA Training Course in the sidebar, Terry and I will train together in Canada at the end of September and October.


From our student in May,

Reflecting on my recent PCA training conducted by Christine and Terry, how fortunate it was to be part of a thorough training experience tailored to me – my own questions and specific needs.  Their collective expertise was invaluable in helping me better understand color – theory and application – and navigate a draping process that results in an accurate assessment for an individual’s true tone.  This is more complex than it seems and I can’t imagine having the tools or confidence to get started without this individualized training.  Would highly recommend for anyone seeking to become a trusted and thorough PCA professional.

Kaarin H.




2. Three days are not enough.

The students are just beginning to gel with the flow, the movement of the drapes, and the decision process, and then the course is over. Once they get home and work alone, many would tell you that they feel a little uncertain.

We provide continued support for our students in numerous formats, but it’s not the same as being there. The analysts in our group have to be solid. The public needs to know and trust that PCA can be life-changing. We’re determined learn from the past,  not repeat it all over again.

During training, everyone is physically tired. The full spectrum lights fatigue the eyes, as does looking at visual disharmony most of the time. Our brain can’t help but feel uncomfortable, quite draining to sustain for 7 or 8 hours.

Student feedback consistently mentions anxiety about applying makeup to clients. The present schedule allows little or no time for cosmetics if the student is to drape 6 to 8 people.

There is also little time to discuss client education and post-PCA support in terms of how to implement their PCA result. The Season decision is not enough. If the public cannot use our service to improve purchases, the whole thing is just an academic exercise. The training must include conversations that extend the Season to how each client will use it best. That’s a different dialogue for every client, even five people of the same Season.

Conclusion: The training course will be expanded to 4 days. Each day will run from 9AM to 6PM. Day 1 will involve theory before lunch, and then a model in the afternoon. A model in the morning and afternoon will follow, for a total of 7, allowing time for learning how to select and apply cosmetics, and how to build a framework of support for clients in stores, cosmetic counters, and on web retail sites. The models may include men, as our students should learn how draping a man may be different, but we will provide several models with which to learn cosmetic application.

The course price will be US $3200 with either instructor Canada (Christine in Ontario) or the US (Terry in Michigan).


From our student in June,

More eyes see more – in terms of learning a trade in 3 days, it’s been invaluable to have had the privilege to learn from 2 of the most established and experienced Sci\Art specialists in the field! People / analysts process and evaluate the same information in different ways, therefore it’s important that we challenge our processes by borrowing and trying out techniques from one another. At times, we might observe different or sometimes opposing things looking at the same picture and there’s a lesson to be learnt from that.

Gabriella P.


For the PCA industry and the larger colour community, things really are getting better all the time.



Analyst Meeting 2014

An analyst who has taken the Colour Analyst Training Course said,

Nobody emerges from a training program fully formed.

That is the absolute truth.

It applies to instructors just as much as to students.

A meeting is really a training course extension program. After the 3 day course, students will confirm that there is no room in their brain for one more impression or fact. We go home, let some of it pour out in practice, and in the free space, we find a few spots that didn’t fill up enough the first time round. Normal.

We must meet our peers to see how we are performing in our industry, very challenging for our profession, since we work independently. Teachers can observe how skills are implemented to see where training can be made as effective as possible.

This is an announcement for colour analysts who have taken the training course from either Terry or me and continue to practice in our system. The students coming for training this year, prior to the event, are invited as well.

The event will take place in Manhattan.  Dates are October 16, 17, and 18, 2014.

Photo: czajoslaw
Photo: czajoslaw


The agenda will consist of time for introductions and meeting, several draping demonstrations, a presentation on Image Analysis and how you can make it available to your clients, further practice harmonizing colour to Season, discussion regarding makeup colour and application, and sharing of the numerous resources on which the analyst group has collaborated.

We will work (play would be more accurate) from 9 to 5 for 3 days. Afterwards, we can spend our time as we choose, still together to talk shop, but less formally, inviting travel partners to join us for an evening experience which I hope involves food, wine, and the jewelry and perfume excess that I so love. Many of the analysts will combine 3 days of colour with a few more days before or after to visit an incredible destination.

I would like this to be an annual event. Every profession recognizes that such meetings are essential to the maintenance of the highest standard of performance among its members. We are not there yet, given the expense and personal scheduling conflicts. Maybe attendance once every 3 years might be feasible, we’ll see.

Photo: bizior
Photo: bizior


I mean. Women. We’ll be in Manhattan. Together. Talking about our favourite topic. Getting fabulous haircuts at Jean-Louis David. Shopping at discount designer stores. Visiting perfume boutiques in the Village for beautiful scents for the Seasons. Walking this most glorious city at 6AM, having cappuccino, and being there as it wakes up. My heart is racing.



Personal Luxury Drapes

Numerous requests have arrived to offer the Luxury Drapes as single Season sets for clients who have enjoyed a 12 Season Sci\ART-based Personal Colour Analysis. I am very happy to do this.

Do you know which drapes I mean? Once we knew your Season with the Test Drapes (took about an hour, hour and a half? with me or Terry (my excellent trainer, always my teacher, we work as a team on the drape colour selections)), but before we removed the fabulous gray scarf that you wanted to take home and wear forever but I wouldn’t give you :),

we took a separate set of drapes out of another tub. These Luxury Drapes were heavy and kept slipping off. I began by reminding you “Don’t think of them as 15 turtlenecks.” We turned the pages and talked about how you wear your colours. Once your makeup was on and the scarf off, we looked at these drapes once again. In some cases, if we weren’t sure about your Season, we might have compared them with another set, choosing a blue and a blue, or comparing colours that were extremes for the two Seasons.

Photo: vtorous
Photo: vtorous


There’s great value in having an experienced 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 extrapolate 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, exactly as the analysts are using.

Full sized drapes, rather than napkin-sized pieces or smaller squares, are my preference by far. You just gotta have enough colour. As with cosmetics, if the colour’s right, you can wear almost any amount of it. A small sample doesn’t challenge our colouring enough to show us that it will adopt or reject a colour. It won’t bring out all the possible good or enough surefire evidence that’s it not good. The large size allows you to reach the drape fully round your shoulders to get the most colour effect.

You are buying these fabrics to visualize harmony with your colours and features, and also to imagine a wardrobe and the interactions among its colours. The large size ensures that you have sufficient fabric to be the size of a piece of clothing to make outfits. The blocks will be big enough to demonstrate what equivalent energy means. More colour makes it far easier to decide whether a colour can take part in a relationship, or will be not enough or too much. When Terry and I are challenged with a certain colour’s Season, we lay out the Luxury Drapes with the mystery item in the chain. If it doesn’t belong, you can spot it right away.

Photo: nkzs
Photo: nkzs


You will enjoy watching the two-way energizing effect of true colour harmony. Lay your fanned out swatch book palette on the drape fabrics. Notice that each every colour is very vibrant, in focus, and the fabric underneath is also the most it can be. These two things bring out the best in each other. Understand this better by placing your swatch book on items in your house, furnishings or other clothing. Pay attention to the swatch colours and to the colour underneath. Begin with an item that you know is far from your own colours. Notice that the palette lacks the colour energy and vitality that it has on your drapes, or the opposite, that the palette is dominating the background colours, as if it were separating or sitting far above it.  What is happening to the palette is happening to your face. Every item you buy should cause every swatch of the palette to be as strong, and strengthened equally, as it is on your drapes.

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), beautiful versions of colours we do test with (more greens, reds, and so on), and more versions of colours that are spectacular on that particular colouring (turquoise and shine on Springs).

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). If there’s a certain colour that you’re having trouble with, say Summer yellow, I’m happy to substitute that as well.

Photo: yinney
Photo: yinney


At this time, I have a fairly large fabric inventory. Limiting myself to only 15 colours per set for the analysts can be a struggle. I want everyone to have every colour. You are welcome to request as many colours as I have (price below). You are also welcome to request certain types of colours (reds, level of shine, hair or cosmetic colours, neutrals, your black or alternative), if I have that material. Once a set has been purchased, adding to it in the future is too complicated to describe. Best to buy everything you might want the first time.

A personalized letter accompanies the purchase. It outlines the information held by the drapes and how to make use of them to guide your purchases, with situations that might arise for each Season. For example, the Neutral Season drapes will contain the warm and cool versions of most colours.

The precise fan colours are not necessarily represented and they don’t need to be. Maybe it’s better that they’re not, to give you a sense of the Season’s borders in colour space, often wider than what the literal interpretation of the swatch books suggests. Remember that you have a thousand colours that are not in those fans. The drapes can teach you to select any colour that can harmonize with your Season.

Drapes are the swatch books taken to the next level, as their physical representation. The swatches in the books are small, and although incredibly effective, the size places some limitations on your perception of the colour. If you looked at a swatch and I help up the corresponding garment or textile, you might say, “Oh, is that what that looks like?” Or maybe you wouldn’t but I do.

The PCA process moves in a line. It begins with the colour theories and charts that provide the building blocks for the palettes. From the palettes to the Test drapes, you have moved into physical expression, though still in the land of theory. From Test to Luxury drapes, you cross the bridge from theory to real world application, the simulation of a shopping experience. So roll your clothing, accessories, shoes, and jewelry around in your Luxury drapes before deciding which purchases to keep.

I am excited to make this vital aspect of a working colour analyst’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.

Photo: Andreius
Photo: Andreius


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 ($31 per drape), therefore 15% more than for analysts.

For Canadians who live in HST-applicable provinces, the 13% HST is added for a total of CDN $525.45.

Drapes must ship from Canada. Residents of other countries do not pay the HST. I cannot say what duties or taxes are required in your country. They will be insured for $500.

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. In your inquiry to me about the drapes, please mention which Sci\ART analyst you saw for your PCA. This purchase is not refundable so please be very certain that your Season is correct and you feel good with it.

If you would like to purchase your Personal Luxury Drapes, please email me at



Test and Luxury Drape Update

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.

Photo: rometree
Photo: rometree


Why don’t I teach with the drapes I make?

Here’s why.

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.

Photo: redvisualg
Photo: redvisualg


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.

Photo:  mbacina
Photo: mbacina


Price Change

With additions to the Red Test series, the collection now comprises 112 drapes, not 108.

Photo: nkzs
Photo: nkzs


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.

Photo: hapekla
Photo: hapekla


Luxury Drapes

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.


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Photo: katagaci


Personal Luxury Drapes

This information has moved to a post of its own at


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Photo: panuru





The Value of the Luxury Drapes

They’re almost ready. Finding a wide variety of stunning colours for the 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.

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,  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.

Test Drapes


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 trained analysts speak for themselves but I would guess this is the harder part.


Photo: fangol
Photo: fangol


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 does not have to wear these colours and yet, with every drape change, she’ll say, I would never wear this colour! The analyst has to keep saying, You don’t have to. You are not supposed to. They’re measuring you. 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 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 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 would not thank me. If I met me at a party, I would give me the cold shoulder for making my job so much harder. 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.


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, used to sell sets of 8 and 15. I only have the 15s. IDK if the 8s were the same 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. 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.


Luxury Drapes 1


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

the unique radiance or glow that her Tone can achieve more beautifully and believably than any other

use of correct hair and eye colour, explaining why hair colour is not always in our palettes or drapes

her right and real hair highlight

eyeshadows and neutral colours

use of texture and how it influences the dimensions of her colours

most flattering type of shine in fabric and metal

colours of metals that flatter her most

her best version of white and black

what it means to say warm and cool versions of her colours if she’s a Neutral Season

her best red lipstick red

the complementary colours to skin undertone colour

the unusual, unexpected colours

how she will add interest, risk, fun, authority, or imagination to outfits… and look smarter, more trustworthy, and worth more $$

how to begin incorporating the colours she finds more challenging

colour schemes and combinations that work with her and for her

a visual for colours that are not used to test, such as purple

the fact that she has many colours that are not among her swatches, and how to achieve harmonic agreement in shopping situations

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

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 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.


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The Luxury Drapes can assist in confirming Season. Some people’s colouring sits on the 49/51 border between two Seasons. 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. I didn’t skimp on fabric. If it was evocative to me of that Season’s unique and unparalleled beauty, I bought it. 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.



PCA Training Course Testimonials

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!

Heather Noakes

Roseville, California


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!


I have draped 14 people now, 7 of them “paying” clients. I have four more booked in the next month. This is proceeding at about the right pace for me, since I have a full-time job. The drapes are amazing. They help me describe to the client exactly what to look for, and so far, all have “seen” it. We put on some lipstick and blush and they are amazed.

Your words come flooding back to me when I’m doing an analysis, and all the fine points that you repeated to help our discrimination grow are becoming second nature.
My favorite two analyses were a 90 yr-old woman and my 81-yr-old friend. Both of them looked generally awful, most of the time. One felt that she needed a professional persona which meant, to her, dressing in red and black. In my mind’s eye, I had dressed her in almost every season, and could not get past the black raccoon sockets she had for eyes. So, every season, except mine, Light Spring, which was so enlivening to her face that neither of us could miss it. It has been a long time since she has received compliments on her appearance, and she is enjoying it immensely. “I must have looked really terrible before!”
I have also learned that I’ve buying my mother the wrong clothes for 40 years. Assuming she was a True Summer, she is a Bright Winter. No wonder she always looked so tired. She too, is getting unexpected compliments – one of those very rare events in her life. My mom has very little interest in make-up, clothing, or shopping, but after watching the effect on her own face, she has been wearing the blush and lipstick daily!



The 12blueprints course is intensive–but it needs to be. Christine takes you through your trials diligently and with great eloquence.  She is a dynamic person and the class is a roller-coaster ride of both color discovery and self discovery. The town of Chatham ON is friendly, and the hotel is comfortable, well-run and relaxed. Christine handles all the details with flair, responsibility and understanding.



The 12 Blueprints Color Analysis Course is fantastic. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to meet Christine and learn so much about color analysis from her expertise.The training course is very intensive with most of the training spent systematically draping models, learning to see the flattering and unflattering effects that color can have on a person. After studying color analysis from many different books and websites, I appreciated being able to learn directly from Christine about what Sci/Art color analysis is. Christine really does show how the seasonal drapes which bring out the best in a person are not necessarily the ones you would think based on a person’s apparent coloring.  During the training, Christine explains how to problem-solve different draping situations, teaches how to swatch clothing and make-up correctly, and advises on how to provide what clients will find helpful during a color analysis. The “Discerning Our Natural Colours” accompanying course manual is also beautifully written and a detailed excellent reference. Christine is a wealth of knowledge and she teaches in a casual, inspiring, and fun way throughout the training.  I would recommend the 12 Blueprints Color Analysis Course to anyone looking for the tools and comprehensive training needed to conduct an accurate color analysis.



I studied PCA with Christine in September 2013, and I’m very glad I did, despite the long journey from Finland to Canada that was necessary to realise this dream!

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


The best way to find out your vocation in life is to ask yourself: ‘What would you do if you didn’t have to earn money?’ For me, the answer is ‘helping people become the best versions of themselves by projecting their inner beauty outwards.’ Luckily, I found the way to make money with my lifelong passion, and it’s called ‘personal color analysis.’

I have been fascinated with color and its effects on people for as long as I can remember. Having spent my childhood in the USSR where the colors of clothing often ranged from bleak to drab and you only got to wear what you managed to buy after standing in a 3-hour line, I entered the 90-s as a tween and was overwhelmed by the whole new variety of colors that came rushing in with imported clothing. All you had to do was choose what was right for you, and that’s where the hardest part started. Throughout the decade and well into my twenties I struggled to find my best colors and looked for clues in the people around me. Needless to say, it was trial and error (error mostly), but it was then that I learned that I’m not alone in my search for beauty, and that most people get it wrong, too.

It was this search that brought me to Christine’s site where I learned for the first time about the Sci\Art system, the only one among all other personal color analysis systems that is rooted in science. And what had once started as a search for my own truth evolved into the desire to help others discover their most beautiful selves.

Christine is always there to support you on your journey—from the moment you express your desire to become a student to the moment you start taking baby steps as a newly trained 12Blueprints analyst and beyond that. Having completed the training course you will learn about everything you need to know, own, and do in order to get your business up and running in no time. Well in advance of your 3-day hands-on training course you receive a training guide that outlines the science behind the process and a very elaborate description of the way to put this science to practice. You get business planning and marketing advice (lots of it!). You get website and Internet marketing tips. You get a list of every item you need to own; you get visual aids and fabric samples and paint cards to help you nail that perfect neutral gray for the interiors of your future studio. Everything is covered; nothing is left out. And the training is very intensive, totaling up to almost 25 hours of draping real people of every age and level of color awareness, just like you would with your future clients: You meet teenagers, adult men and women, and senior ladies. Some have perfectly smooth skin; many have strong wrinkles, or inflamed skin, or stubble. Some are color-savvy; others don’t know a thing about color harmony but can see their faces light up in the right colors. Some sit still; many will fidget under the all-seeing eye of the softbox lighting. You go through every stage of the learning process: first, the doubt; second, the certainty and jumping to quick verdicts; and after that comes the educated doubt that you need to take home with you and use as the starting point of your new professional path.

Learning from Christine is easy and smooth: She is an exemplary teacher who practices a non-direct coaching approach and helps you learn fast, both by practice and by her own example; not only her trade, but her excellent people skills as well. Christine will also have you covered where you wouldn’t think you need to be covered, like presenting you with a big bag of healthy snacks and a set of utensils that comes in very handy when ordering takeout food (be sure to check out the extensive list of restaurants at the hotel’s reception that is run by the friendliest of staff) or offering that much needed glass of excellent Shiraz-Cabernet in the evening while summarizing the discoveries you made during the day and having a friendly chat with your legs up for relaxation. An excellent experience in every aspect and a great start to a new business.



As a person who has hit every road block in this field, both in trying to become a professional, and as a customer trying to find my way to the truth of my coloring, I can honestly say this training program has been the light at the end of the tunnel. Christine is a centered, thoughtful, and extensively knowledgeable guide to seeing both color analysis, and yourself as a professional in the field in a way that exceeds all expectations. Additionally, Christine’s very generous amount of continued support once you’ve returned home to your own budding studio is invaluable both to your continued growth as an analyst and the standard of excellence across her practicing trainees. Simply put, the decision to become a certified 12 Blueprints Color Analyst has been one of the best of my life. Enroll and be amazed at the analyst Christine can teach you to become.

Rachel Nachmias

Philadelphia, PA


A few words about my training with Christine: Christine is one of the most professional and thorough persons I have ever met. She came across as direct and extremely focused already in our (extensive) email communication leading up to the training, and in real life she is exactly the same way. No waffling about, and in depth to the point of being piercing. She is ruthlessly honest, scrupulously aware of details, with powers of observation that go beyond awesome. And with all this, one would expect a woman without a sense of humour. Not so. All this is served with a healthy dose of dry sense of humour. The training is systematic, and the selection of models to practice on she has offered as broad experience as possible given that we have limited time, offering examples of challenging and surprising results. Christine is relentless in the pursuit of objective observation and systematic and thorough approach to the PCA session and she expects no less of her student. This is no summer camp. There were moments when the sizzling of my brain was almost drowning out the sound of the air conditioning fan. She did not pressure me to participate beyond what I felt ready for, but supported me when I wanted to learn by practice rather than observation. The training was intense, and there is a lot of information and many impressions to process. However, the systematic and thorough presentation carried me through and I am confident that I come home armed with the tools (both the test drapes and luxury drapes are extensive and magnificent) and the knowledge necessary to start doing personal colour analysis. Yes, I am still scared, but the fear is tempered by emerging competency, and totally steeped in a bubbling enthusiasm.

Jorunn Hernes, Norway


Since 1980, when I first got familiar with PCA (personal colour analysis) I have had a passion for colours.

I think, I have been tested  10 times or so since then and not always with the same end result.
So I keept chasing the truth over and over again, until I found Christine and the Sci/Art 12 Tone colour system.
Because I also desperately wanted to be certified as a Colour consultant myself, I finally knew that Christine was the one to go to, although it meant going overseas from Denmark to Canada. So I went together with my daughter Louise in September 2013 and it was the best decision I ever made about my colour investments and I tell you, I have done a lot over the years.

If you consider any kind of PCA  colour education, you will not be disapointed going to Christine.You will be in good hands and you will get one of the best colour system in the world to work with. The Test and Luxury Drapes are just wonderful and easy to work with and you will have all the back-up you need in Christine and our 12 Blueprints Analyst Group.

Hope to see you here one day – if that is your dream. Just go for it – you will not regret this !

 Anette Henriksen, Denmark


The PCA Training Course


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.

Study Guide

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.)

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. The content repeats very little of Kathryn Kalisz’s textbook, Understanding Your Color (presently unavailable).

Here is the cover.




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-person  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.


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. Book the room directly with the hotel at:


phone: 1-800-4CHOICE


Much more about the hotel further down.

The weather in Chatham is very similar to Detroit, Michigan (not London and Toronto, Ontario).

You will not need to rent a car. Change some $ at your bank to CDN currency for taxis, vending machines, etc. 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. 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.



For 2014, the cost of the 4 day course is USD $3200.00 (includes tax). Of that amount, $250 is required as a deposit. The amount must be paid in full before the course begins. Included in the fee is the neutral gray analyst coat (made by a professional tailor),  1 gray client headscarf, and 1 gray client cape.  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, clothing above, and the teaching only.

The amount does include the tax (unlike the drapes) because the tax cannot be recovered since the purchased item (the course) was used in this country.

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, more on this below in Drapes section) 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 be 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.

Payment Methods

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).

You can also pay by PayPal or with a Visa or Mastercard, as explained below for non-Canadian residents.

If you live in the USA, money can be transferred at to the account at 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 ( on my iPad. This system can be glitchy and it’s not my preference.

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

Schedule and Activities

The precise scheduling will vary depending on availability of draping models. We will drape 7 people in total, including the student(s). 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).

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 learn to place cosmetics into their best Season.

Our 4 days begin at 9AM and end around 6PM.

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 2-3 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.

Your PCA

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.

Such decisions are not related to financial matters or to my reputation. What matters  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.


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.


As you know, the Sci\ART system of colour analysis is 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.  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  to how I apply the algorithm.

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”. 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.

An 8×10 certificate of completion suitable for framing is included with the course.

The HTML code to display a 12 Blueprints Certified banner on your website will be provided once the Test Drapes have been purchased. The banner will link back to this page when people click on it. It will look something like this:



Continued Support

Every student and each draping generates new questions and insights. These must not be lost. I reflect on these opportunities and email them to you as periodic Review PDFs, each containing discussion about 4 to 6 topics.  There have been 8 as of January/14.

Support continues after the training. You can ask questions about the process or the drapes, post pictures, share links to resources, and work through any situation that arises.


Some information is found above under Location.

The hotel is the Comfort Inn, linked here.

Mention that you’re coming to take the colour analyst training course with me. Book directly with the hotel at:


phone: 1-800-4CHOICE

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,, 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.

Choice of Airports

Because Chatham is 1 hour from Detroit and 3 hours from Toronto by car, most people fly into Detroit and take the RobertQ Airbus  or a taxi  (see section below) to Chatham. Both will cross the border.

Alternatives are to fly into London, ON or Windsor, ON. Both AirCanada and WestJet have service from most parts of Canada into these airports. The RobertQ airbus services the London Airport, one hour drive. From the Windsor airport, you’ll need to rent a car (45 minute drive, very easy).

Airport Shuttle

The RobertQ Airbus will bring you across the border, and into Chatham from Detroit or Toronto. The taxi ride from the Chatham  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 to get to the hotel when you get off 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

To find 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. Be sure to ask that the driver be cleared to enter Canada. Quite seriously, it has happened that the delay at the border was because the taxi driver did not have a valid passport or some other reason caused the border authorities to question the entry.


If you are buying drapes,

Drapes will be available for sale to my and Terry Wildfong‘s students only.




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.

Test Drapes

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.

You will learn with my drapes, as I did with Terry’s. The transition was seamless. Two months went by between training and having my own drapes, also a non-issue. My drapes have been expanded from the original Sci\ART sets to be very similar to the 12 Blueprints drapes. Each set differs slightly. You are welcome to unpack your own drapes while here and train with those.

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. 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. An information document outlining their use in detail will be emailed to you as a PDF file.

The cost for the Test Drape Collection is Canadian $3543.68.00 before tax or shipping. If you wish to take your drapes home with you, the Canadian HST of 13% is added ($460.68) since the physical transfer of the product occurred here. If you live in Canada, you can recover this tax as a business expense if the purchase was made once your business is registered with CRA or in the 30 days preceding the registration.

If you live outside Canada, you can avoid this tax by having the drapes shipped from here in Ontario. Clearly, this is the choice every person has made, for a 5-7 business day delivery to the US and Europe. If you take them home with you, the HST must be paid in Canada. Duty into the US is unlikely with NAFTA, though state taxes may apply which you may be able to recover. This article outlines recovery of Canadian HST for non-residents, or at this URL: Each country may have particular import duties and taxes which are not known to me.

Shipping fees are dependent on destination. They will be insured for $3500.00.

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.

For taking possession of drapes, bring carry on luggage to take the drapes home if you wish. The Test Drape collection weighs 23 lbs./ 10 kg inside a medium sized backpack. It takes up about 17 inches square of space. Drapes can also be shipped to you from Ontario, Canada, upon your arrival home.

Drapes measure 18 x 34 inches each.

Each drape is stamped on the back. Tags are included. A letter outlining the drapes and their use will be sent as a PDF.

Luxury Drapes

It is not essential to buy these drapes at the time of training, or ever if you are not able to. They help the client understand how to wear their Season, which they cannot always grasp from the more theoretical Test Drapes. Many analysts are grateful to have Luxury Drapes to help confirm Season decisions.

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. Each is stamped, grommetted, and tagged. An information document outlining their use in detail will be emailed to you as a PDF file.

The cost for the Luxury Drapes  is $5491.80 before tax and shipping. As for the Test Drapes above, if you wish to take your drapes home with you, the Canadian HST of 13% is added ($713.93) since the physical transfer of the product occurred here. If you live in Canada, you can recover this tax as a business expense once your business is registered with the CRA or within the 30 days preceding the registration.

If you live outside Canada, you can avoid this tax by having the drapes shipped, certainly the best choice. Delivery takes 5-7 business days to the US and Europe.  If you take them home with you, the HST tax must be paid here in Canada. Duty into the US is unlikely with NAFTA, though state taxes may apply which you may be able to recover. This article outlines recovery of Canadian HST for non-residents, or at this URL: Each country may have particular import duties and taxes which are not known to me.

  Each drape is stamped on the back. Tags are included. A letter outlining the drapes and their use will be sent as a PDF.

Shipping cost depends on destination. They will be insured for $5000.00.

These drapes measure and weigh half again as much as the Test Drapes (180 vs. 112 items). They are also 18 x 34 inches in size.

I am happy to address any other questions by email or in person when we meet.

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.

If you are NOT buying drapes,

Do not take 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 drapes are surpassing in size, in colour accuracy, in texture and fabric type, and in how well they evoke their Season. They are an exceptional product that will guide you to correct Season results. 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.

If you wish to delay the purchase by a month (not more than that, you simply must begin practicing immediately after the training or you will lose too many skills), that is fine. If you foresee more than a month delay before buying the drapes, it is better to delay the training till you are able to purchase both.

Conclusion – if you’re not buying the drapes, this is not the right course for you. No options. As indicated with the Banner above, the code to display the 12Blueprints banner is emailed to you once the Test Drapes have been purchased.

Swatch Books

The books of swatches by and 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 ? I will try to have all sizes available, more certain if I know ahead of time. The course price includes the neutral gray analyst coat, one neutral gray client headscarf, and one client cape.

Intensity (Or How To Merit Distinction)

A student said, “You should probably warn them of how relentless this will be.”

We will work from 9AM to 6PM for 4 solid days. We will take a one hour break for lunch. You may visit nearby restaurants, which 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 be physically tired. You will be on your feet for hours on end, meeting strangers. Wear comfortable shoes.

You will be emotionally drained. Among my intentions is to blow any leftover stereotypic ideas you might have about how each Season looks to Kingdom Come. You’ll be interacting with strangers of all ages and assimilating a lot of new information. If you suffer from jet lag, you might consider arriving a day early.

When we drape you, that might be most emotionally demanding of all. Once 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.

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.”,  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?” 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.

Together, we will learn to look at each new person, beyond outward appearance, and find the true colouring they hold. Help them imagine a different tomorrow. Imagining sparks of 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.

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 to discuss this further.