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Online + Studio | Painting for Everyone in Oils or Acrylics

This painting course is open to anyone, from beginners to those with prior experience. This 8 week program will explore the tonal and colour values in painting. We will also look at drawing exercises to help establish structure in your painting. Attend this class either in studio or online via zoom.

Material list

• Pencil/charcoal and some paper or a sketchbook.
• Palette – A4 or A3 size clear perspex , traditional timber palette or disposable. (Avoid using plates as a palette)
• Rags (lots!), Masking tape, jumbo bulldog clips
• Brushes (variety of sizes with a few bigger ones as well as small/thin ones for details)
• Palette knives, at least two.
• For supports it’s a good idea to have a range of boards or canvases from as small as 20cm up to 60cm.
• We will also do some work on paper so I suggest buying 3-4 sheets of white or off white Stonehenge paper in the standard size
• Reference material: Bring a variety of pictures/photos/drawings of landscapes and interiors that inspire you – plus any sketches/sketch books you may have done.
• Paints: Students may use acrylic or oil paints only. Please use student quality or better paints.

The following list will provide you with the essential colours

• Warm red (In order of preference 1. Cadmium Red, or, Vermillion or Spectrum Red );
• Cool Red (1. Quixonachrome Magenta or 2.Alizarin Crimson);
• Cool Blue (1. Cobalt Teal or 2. Cerulean Blue or 3. Tasman Blue)
• Warm Blue (1. Ultramarine Blue or 2. Cobalt Blue);
• Cool Yellow (1. Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light);
• Warm Yellow (1. Cadmium Yellow, 2. Cadmium Yellow Deep or 3. Spectrum Yellow,)
• Titanium White
• Raw Umber or Burnt Umber, either one is fine. We mix this with your blue to make a black.

The following list will provide you with some extra colours that are worth buying

• An additional white-Zinc White
• Some additional earth colours including Yellow Ochre, Transparent Red Oxide, Burnt Sienna
• Some additional secondary colours including Phthalo Green or Viridian green, Quixonachrome Violet or Spectrum Violet, Cadmium Orange or spectrum orange
• Acrylic mediums: Glaze painting medium, impasto medium, crackle medium
• Oil mediums: Gamsol solvent, linseed oil and liquin. Do not bring any other mediums as these may release airborne toxins
• Optional: A colour wheel and Greyscale chart
• Clean up: All should bring soup and some heavy duty scourers. Oil painters should bring disposable gloves, paper towels and a couple of jars to recycle solvent.

What to expect

In this course you can expect to gain much from Ashley Frost’s painting style. Over the course, students will learn painting techniques.

Students will:

  • learn to bring colour, light and energy into paintings
  • learn about composition, colour harmony and more
  • learn approaches to applying paint and mark making
  • learn about classical and modern master painters
  • learn to work from a range of sources including: drawings, oil sketches and black and white photographs

For Term 4, our regular classes will return to studio based learning.

We are also continuing some classes via zoom for students preferring online learning at this time. Please check the location details with the class information before enrolling.

For studio based classes, extra measures are in place for your health and well being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • It was an excellent class with just the right amount of support and advice along the way from Nicole.
  • Excellent course with the right amount of freedom and guidance.
  • Being taught by professional artists like Nicole and Ashley who showed us new skills and tips on how to mix colours, use different mediums and tools to paint, also their support and confidence to create my own oil paintings.