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Introduction to Acrylic Painting with a focus on Landscape

We will be using reference photos of impressionist painting (for form) with photos of the Australian landscape (for content) to produce small studies along with sustained paintings

Under the guidance of experienced tutor and artist, Sally Mowbray, learn as a class group and individually how to develop painting or drawing projects from ideas to finished artworks.

What to expect

  • You will learn different approaches to decisions regarding composition and format along with ways to approach underpainting and progressive layers
  • Images will initially be chosen by the tutor (and provided ) and then in the second half of the term students might choose to bring own travel photos

What you will achieve

Students will:

  • Work towards completing several paintings on canvas or board
  • Learn how to use their own preparatory drawings, paintings, photographs or other source material to develop ideas
  • Learn about composition
  • Discuss formats for laying out a painting/drawing
  • Learn about colour selection, colour mixing and transparency and opacity
  • Refine their style and improve foundation skills.

Is this course right for me?

This course is suitable for beginners and those wanting to improve their landscape painting.

Material List

Your materials list will depend on your individual project however, see the recommended list below.

For the first session, you can work from a still life project devised by the tutor (drawing or painting - your choice) OR you can begin work from your own subject matter. If you are undecided on whether you want to use oil or acrylic, just bring drawing materials for the first session and the tutor can discuss paint options with you before you buy materials.

Due to the size of the new studio this term, students will need to work on smaller canvasses or boards (suggest no bigger than 40x50cm)

You will need the following for the first lesson:

  • A sketchbook A4 or A5 or some loose sheets of cartridge paper
  • A drawing pencil in the 2B to 5B range
  • A canvas (approx A3 size)
  • 2-4 large bulldog clips
  • A palette knife with a metal blade
  • Disposable Painting Palette
  • Paint rags cut down to about 15 cm pieces and a roll of kitchen paper
  • Variety of brushes- Selection of at least 4 brushes in or around these sizes 1/4 inch 'flat' and 'round' 1/2 inch 'filbert' and 'round'. Note: check with staff at the art shops that the brushes you are buying are suitable for your choice of oil or acrylic.
  • Paints: Students may use oil or acrylic in this class. Please bring your preferred paints.

The following is a basic colour guide for oils and acrylics: Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, French Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue Viridian Green, Raw Umber.

Please buy good quality paints for the best results. We recommend buying ‘artist quality’ paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics, Art Spectrum oils and Liquitex Acrylics (from office works) are good, reasonably priced brands). Alternatively, any brands that are ‘student quality’ (Winsor & Newton) will be suitable too

Please also bring a pack of sanitizing wipes to clean your workspace as a covid safe measure for other users.

About studio classes

Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. We have a maximum of 12 students per class.

Unless otherwise noted, prices *exclude* art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

To learn about our studios, kitchen facilities and how to get there, click here.


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Art Est accepts the NSW Creative Kids Voucher, Parents NSW Voucher, and Australian Partners of Defence member discounts. You must use your voucher or membership at the time of booking. To book with a Service NSW voucher, you will need to book over the phone or with our voucher booking form. Please note: we cannot accept the Service NSW vouchers via our online checkout. 

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