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Online | Painting Studio | Oils or Acrylics with Rachel Fairfax

Course Overview

Join other enthusiastic painters for an afternoon of painting, working on your individual projects to develop and expand your practice in a supportive environment. Rachel will provide structured lessons for beginners who need direct guidance within this lesson.

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 relationships and more
  • Learn individualised approaches to paint application and mark-making
  • Learn about classical and modern master painters

Is this course right for me?

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

Material list

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

  • Pencil/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 towel,
  • Brushes (variety of sizes with a few bigger ones as well as small/thin ones for details)
  • Optional: Palette knives
  • Optional: Masking tape
  • Optional: Jumbo bulldog clips
  • 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 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 that you would like to paint.

• 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 jar 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.

This class will run online

Due to Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions, our classes have been designed to run online. Click here to see our detailed guide to setting up, and having a smooth online class.

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

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.