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A Journey Through Art with James Tucker | Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolours

Course overview

Inspired by the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage at the Art Gallery of NSW, this exciting new course will explore the variety of artistic styles throughout history. Students can work in their preferred medium of oils, acrylics or watercolours. In this fun and fast paced class you’ll gain creative and technical skills by borrowing from the various artistic languages throughout history creating several finished works. Each week you will explore one of the great artistic movements in depth. Your tutor James Tucker returns from several years teaching painting at the Angel Academy in Florence and will guide you to paint your own series of master pieces. Students have the option to choose a variety of styles once agreed with the tutor – perhaps a self portrait as Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, draw a Picasso inspired cubist portrait of a friend, paint a Monet style Sydney landscape or try for a still life after Caravaggio.

Images: Paintings by James Tucker

What to expect

Students will be learning the movement, technical application of chosen medium, colour harmonies and composition style, all to be used to create original art-work inspired by the chosen genres. Students will be learning a step by step approach to creating a finished painting or drawing. You will be instructed and learn which steps and in which order they must be completed before moving on to the next. This knowledge can then be used to create your own original works from life or imagination.

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for intermediate to advanced students. Enthusiastic beginners also welcome.


You will need the following materials throughout your course:

SURFACE: 4 stretched or loose canvas about A3 size (if loose, bring a drawing board and pins/tacs) or A3 primed painting paper.

PAINTS: Oil, Acrylic or Watercolour. Recommended palette (bring what you have in any medium) a warm and cool of the primary colours plus greens. Cad red, permanent Alizarin Crimson, Cad yellow, Lemmon yellow (cad lemon), cobalt blue, French ultramarine blue, Viridian green, sap green, Ivory black, titanium white, earth tones (raw umber, yellow ochre, burnt umber)
Recommended W&N student pigments.

BRUSHES: bring various bristle brushes, flats, filberts, rounds of various sizes from small to large. Some nicer synthetics (suggested rosemary and co ivory series purchased online) brushes with a bit of spring to them.
If using watercolour, bring watercolour brushes. Save your sables for lat-er and use some synthetic brushes. I recommend the Roymac Taklon.
A wooden or plastic palette if using oils or acrylic. A watercolour palette with several tubs/sections to mix pigments and water.

FOR OIL PAINTERS: If oil painting, ODOURLESS solvent and two glass containers with screw top lids large enough to clean your brushes. Linseed oil, liquin original or other drier. I recommend Oleogel as a medium as you won’t need the others.
Metal Palette knife

FOR ACRYLIC OR WATERCOLOUR PAINTERS: two plastic takeaway contains or jars to wash brushes. Plastic/glass eye dropper for watercolours. Gel medium for acrylic.

Various drawing media, graphite pencils, vine or nitram charcoal, san-guine, colour pencils all optional.
Kneadable eraser.
A4/A3 sketchpad or smaller moleskin/sketchbook.
Bulldog clips.
Apron or painting shirt.
Painting rags/paper towels.

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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