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Painting Studio | Oils or Acrylics with Rachel Fairfax

Bring your own painting projects to life in this relaxed Friday afternoon painting studio. Working in either oils or acrylics on the subjects of your choice, Rachel will help you understand technical issues – colour, tone, composition, materials, artist references and more. For anyone looking for more structure and guidance, she will introduce additional technical exercises to cover a range of painting theory in a practical presentation.

Is this course right for me?

This painting course is open to anyone who loves painting, from beginners to those with prior experience.

What to expect

While working on your own projects, in this course you can look forward to gaining much from Rachel Fairfax’s painting style and practice.

Students can:

  • learn to bring colour, light and energy into paintings
  • learn about composition, colour relationshiops and more
  • learn individualised approaches to paint application and mark making
  • learn about classical and modern master painters

Material list

For the first lesson just bring your paint kit with you and Rachel can go through this and work out what else you might need. Here’s a basic list to get you started:

• Pencil/charcoal/eraser 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!) or paper towell,
• Masking tape, jumbo bulldog clips
• Brushes (variety of sizes with a few bigger ones as well as small/thin ones for details)
• Palette knives
• For supports – just bring what you like to work on from canvas boards, stretched canvasses, oil paper or primed quality paper or primed kraft paper (primed with white gesso)
• Reference material: If there is something new you would like to paint, bring a variety of pictures/photos/drawings of landscapes and interiors that inspire you – plus any sketches/sketch books you may have made or objects you’d like to arrange in a still life. Alternatively, bring an object that has meaning/significance to you to make a simple painting of in the first lessons.
• Bring along ideas about artists, paintings and drawings which most inspired you.

• Paints: Students may use acrylic or oil paints only. Please use student quality or better paints.

If using oil paints, you will need ODOURLESS solvents, and a lidded jars to take your spent solvent home with you.

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 or 4. Pthalo 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
• Paynes Grey
• Raw Umber or Burnt Umber, either one is fine. We mix this with your blue to make a black.

Our term classes are held in our spacious studios.

Our main studios are air-conditioned for year round comfort, and 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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$460 Limited inc GST
Painting Studio | Oils or Acrylics with Rachel Fairfax

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