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Painting for Expression with Juliet Holmes a Court

In this exciting and wide-ranging class, students will work on several paintings across the term (working in either oil or acrylics) and by the end of the term and you will be able to express yourself and your subject, more profoundly.

What to expect

Students will:

  • explore art methods and approaches used by artists from our past and recent history
  • learn warm-up exercises to experiment in a variety of techniques
  • learn both figurative (realism) and abstract art
  • from the colours of Bonnard, the shapes of Braque, the light of Turner to the most Pollack like abstract expressionism which will extend your understanding of the many different languages of paint and brushstroke.

Juliet says 'What I like to teach, is the many and varied ‘languages’ of painting, so as to express our subject, and ourselves, more profoundly.'

Is this course right for me?

This course is suitable for both the experienced painter and the newer painter. Students may work in oils or acrylics.

Materials list

  • Apron or Paint Shirt
  • Variety of cheap bristle brushes, mainly square-ended. House paintbrush approx 6cm
  • Paints: Oils or acrylics depending on your preference. The following is a good basic palette for either oils or acrylics but bring whatever colours you have. Cadmium yellow light (warm) and lemon yellow (cool); Ultramarine Blue (warm) and phthalo blue (cool); Cadmium Red (warm) and Alizarin Red (cool); Viridian Green; Burnt Umber; Titanium White; Paynes Grey; Black and whatever you already have. Please use reasonable quality paints. Cheap paints are often a waste of money! Do not buy Background paint or any paint that is matt. We recommend buying ‘artist quality’ paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics or Art Spectrum oils are good, reasonably priced brands) or brands that have a ‘student quality’ (Winsor & Newton)
  • A sketchbook A4 or A5
  • A soft drawing pencil or charcoal
  • A canvas (approx A3 size) You will need about 3 for the term
  • 2 large bulldog clips.
  • A palette knife with a metal blade
  • Flat painting palette timber or plastic.
  • Paint rags

If using acrylic paints, bring:

  • Gel Medium

If using oil paints, bring:

  • Odourless solvent for cleanup and diluting mediums. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/mediums must be taken with you and not left in the studios. Your tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums.
  • A small bottle of linseed oil or a fatter medium.
  • Screw top jar for the purpose of taking away all used solvents (oil painters)
  • A small tin or lid of a jar for oil medium or ‘dippers’ from the art shop (metal cups to clip onto palette)
  • A tube or jar of black acrylic paint for warm-up exercises

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.

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Art Est accepts the NSW Creative Kids Voucher, Parents NSW Voucher and NSW Discover Voucher. You must use your voucher 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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Course testimonials:

  • Very positive & enthusiastic tutor-both in herself for art, helpful & made freedom of content & expression important. Helped me decide to make art an ongoing & definite part of my life. Thankyou. Lisa
  • Juliet’s depth of knowledge is amazing. Her teaching style is lively and engaging and she delivers great advice always with a sense of humour!
  • I am very happy with my teacher Juliette, that I would like to do as many courses as I can. She has passion and very encouraging and lovely. Flexible and very inspiring and also the lessons about history are amazing. The group has been adorable and supportive too and it's so enjoyable. I am learning a lot . It is the highlight of the week for me.