Sienna Academy is the name of an anthroposophic
training initiative in Australia, which offers many different
courses in accordance with the painting method of Liane Collot
It is affiliated to The
Emerald Foundation in The Hague. Pioneers of
this approach to working with colour include:
a highly developed seer, who spoke out of his direct perception
of the spiritual world and who initiated a modern and universal
‘science of the spirit,’ which he presented to
the world in numerous books and lectures. ‘Anthroposophy’
is the word that Rudolf Steiner used to describe the spiritual
insights that he shared with people during his lifetime. It
means ‘wisdom relating to mankind’. Rudolf Steiner’s
interest in colour was stimulated by the research of:
von Goethe, a scientist and renowned author who
developed a theory of colour that was based on years of personal
observation. Of particular interest to Steiner was Goethe’s
observation that colours arise between the meeting of light
d’Herbois, a talented and well trained
artist in her own right, was inspired by the colour research
of these great pioneers to change her whole approach to painting.
Liane could perceive the living essence of colours, free from
matter, arising and dying away between the dynamic interplay
of light and darkness, and she discovered that each colour
has its archetypal movement and calls up a corresponding inner
soul movement. 'Throughout her life she continued to refine
her sensitivity to the spiritual nature of colour, developing
her own method of veil painting, teaching others and giving
profound insights into the background of colour.
who will be teaching most of the classes, first came into
contact with Liane in 1994. She had already been practising
a painting method based on the colour research of Goethe and
Rudolf Steiner. For many years she had been seeking to understand
how painting could become a healing form of art in the world.
Meeting Liane’s approach was an answer to that question.
The Classes are designed to give students
a living relationship to colour. Different exercises build
up the student’s sensitivity towards colour perception
and help develop the necessary skills to translate this into
an ability to paint in this method. Each course has a different
focus depending on whether it is designed to teach the method
as an art form or for developing the necessary skills to become an art therapist. In every class, colour and its great
archetypal spiritual background bring healing and new life
forces to those that participate.
The Individual Therapeutic Art Sessions
are very different to classes. The client has come for healing
and help and the therapist is there to support and assist.
It begins with a conversation about relevant biographical
or medical details, followed by a diagnostic process based
on the client’s first ‘free’ paintings and
charcoal works. No aptitude or previous painting experience
is necessary, as the therapist will be guiding each step of
the way. It is important that the client is actually doing
the painting or the charcoal work, as this activates the will
to become healed.
which are available as cards and prints, testify to the shimmering
quality of subtle colour nuances that arise out of this painting